Kelly White, a long-time employee at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, was surprised today with a brand-new Volkswagen Jetta, courtesy of Patterson Tyler Motors. Mr. White was one of 1,300 Tyler-area employees who qualified to win the vehicle because of their donations to the 2023 United Way of Smith County campaign.


Employees from dozens of local partner companies in Smith County qualified to win the car by pledging at least $5 per week during the campaign. Those who pledged at least $7 per week received two entries, and a pledge of at least $9 per week earned donors three entries.


This marks the seventh year Patterson Tyler Motors has donated a vehicle to the annual United Way campaign.


“We’re proud of our partnership with United Way and enjoy the opportunity to give back to the community,” said Kirk Wallace, owner of Patterson Tyler Motors. “The programs funded by United Way donations make an impact on countless lives and I am glad we’re able to support that effort.”


Donations to the United Way of Smith County provide funding for programs of 27 local nonprofits. 2023 marked the organization’s 83rd year to serve as the community chest fund for Tyler/Smith County. During that history, the organization has put more than $75 million back into the community through local nonprofit programs that collectively address some of the biggest issues facing Smith County residents.


United Way’s 2024 campaign began April 1st and will conclude March 31st, 2025. To learn more, visit

AUTHOR: John Berry
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