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'Board Break-a-Thon' to benefit United Way

Adam Stanfield has been preparing for the past several days to take on the challenge of breaking 1,000 wooden boards with his hands.

"I should feel it afterwards," said Stanfield, the executive director of the Henry Medical Center Foundation.

Stanfield is the featured component of continued efforts to raise thousands of dollars this year for the local chapter of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, a non-profit community service organization.

The executive director, a first-degree black belt holder with the American Tae kwon do Association, has challenged himself to break as many boards as he can, up to 1,000. He is also challenging other Henry County residents to pledge an amount, for each board he breaks, to benefit United Way.

Stanfield will participate in what is being called Henry Medical Center's "Board Break-A-Thon," set for Friday, from noon, until 1 p.m., on the hospital's cafeteria patio.

"The goal this year was to collect $25,000 for the United Way Campaign," said the hospital's United Way Campaign Chairperson, Barbara Rainone. "That's $3,000 more than we collected last year. The campaign ran from mid-October to mid-November, but fell about $1,000 short of the goal."

Rainone, who is also the hospital's clinical laboratory director, said despite falling short of the hospital's goal in November, donations have increased and have spread to encompass new donors.

"In my own department, I had more employees donate, and we collected more than we did last year," she said. "There [are] a lot of people struggling. Those that are employed can appreciate the fact that there are some who really need help."

The fund-raising effort is part of a countywide thrust to raise as much as $250,000 for United Way, according to Stanfield.

"I think it's important to understand this is in support of a countywide effort," said Stanfield. "The fund-raising aspect comes through taking donations per board. Meaning, if I break a thousand boards, and you pledge 5-cents for each board, that would be a pledge of $50. Likewise, a pledge of 1-cent would be $10. Whatever anybody wants to donate is acceptable."

Stanfield noted the hospital received a donation of coupons totaling $600 from Home Depot, to purchase the lumber that will be used on Friday.

"I'm really confident," added United Way Campaign Chairperson, Barbara Rainone. "Adam is out there, he's telling people what he's working on and what he's trying to do. We're all looking forward to him breaking those thousand boards."

To pledge a donation amount, or to make a donation, e-mail Stanfield at astanfield@hmc-ga.org.