United Way of Northwest Louisiana will host the annual Campaign Kickoff celebration, Thursday, Sept. 21 to mark the official start of the 2017-2018 fundraising season. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. inside the ballroom of Sam’s Town Casino.

The featured speaker, Rod Demery, is a Shreveport native and face of a new show on Investigation Discovery. Murder Chose Me highlights murder cases solved by Demery as a Shreveport Police Detective. Demery is currently a Homicide Investigator with the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office.

Each year, United Way of Northwest Louisiana fundraises in various workplaces throughout their ten-parish footprint. This event is the official start of the 2017-2018 fundraising year, ending in March. Guests represent the companies that hold workplace campaigns and/or volunteer with signature United Way NWLA events. The kickoff will inspire, set goals and address the most critical needs in northwest Louisiana communities.

This event, emceed by Ed Walsh, will also mark the end of Pacesetter season by honoring the companies who ran their fundraising campaigns early. They will be recognized with an award as a thank you for contributing to the $600,000 goal raised between June 1 and August 31. Pacesetter companies receive advertising benefits and complimentary United Way event tickets amongst other incentives.

Tickets to this event, can be reserved through Eventbrite for $35 each: http://bit.ly/2xSs7r3. Table sponsorships are available. Contact Catherine Simpson at 318-677-2504, Ext. 162 or Catherine@unitedwaynwla.org.