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August 23, 2013

New executive director works for the common good

GREENVILLE — Donating her time and money is not foreign to new United Way of Hunt County Executive Director Frances Dalbey.

Dalbey was hired in July to fill the shoes of former director Bob Mason when he moved to Sugar Land to help his son’s business earlier this year.

Having already been involved with Altrusa International and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Dalbey said much of her experiences there have transferred fluidly to her new position.

“Since I am with the Chamber of Commerce I am able to bring those relationships to the equation,” she said, adding that she is still active in both organizations. “Some of my talents are going to be very beneficial to the United Way of Hunt County.”

Dalbey and her husband, Rich, have also worked with Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH). Dalbey said this new outlet will help to further fulfill her desire to help people in need.

“I have a really big heart for people,” she said. “It goes alongside the United Way’s mission to advance the common good.”  

Dalbey said she came just in time to prepare for the many benefits the organization is putting on this year.

“I have definitely enjoyed it,” she said.

Dalbey has been planning events such as the Hearts and Hands Extravaganza on Sept. 28 at the Rockwall Hilton, the fall Campaign Kickoff at the Wesley United Methodist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 24, and the Wanda Gilmore Small Business Blitz from Oct. 2-3.

“There is a lot going on right now,” she said.

Dalbey said along with a lot of technology and know-how, she also brings a certain enthusiasm to the table.

“I am proficient in computers and social media and web designing,” she said. “I’m a very outgoing person and I rarely meet a stranger.”

The United Way board is comprised of many current and former businessmen and women.

Dalbey said she has had a wonderful time working for them in her short time as executive director.

“They have been very accomodable and eager to help,” she said. “They are asking ‘What can we help you do?’ We have had a good population of businessowners and retirees who care about their community.”

The United Way of Hunt County is a non-profit organization that serves to address the underlying causes of community problems.

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