UNITED WAY...two powerful words...a mission and a vision that plays an incredibly vital role in our community. Through the efforts of the Greater Longview United Way, the caring power of volunteers, business leaders, local government, and community resources unite with support, energy, and enthusiasm to create a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
As active and dedicated servants of the Longview community, Anne and Jim Hugman are serving as the 2012 co-chairs for the annual GLUW fundraising campaign. Their efforts, along with hundreds of others, will strive to meet an ambitious goal of $1.3 million to support the 36 programs, 18 partner agencies, and five initiatives served by the GLUW.
Mrs. Hugman is the immediate past chairman of the Longview Chamber of Commerce. She serves on both the Zonta Club and Longview Museum of Fine Arts (LMFA) board of directors. Mr. Hugman is a member of the Rotary Club and has served on both the Gregg County Historical Museum and the Longview Development boards. He has been a long-time volunteer coach for area youth baseball and soccer teams. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Hugman served on the LMFA building improvements committee. As local business owners of Hugman Architecture & Construction, Inc., both are members of the American Institute of Architects and Mr. Hugman is the immediate past president of the local chapter.
“Our parents set a strong example of volunteer community service,” Mrs. Hugman said. “Volunteering allows us to get to know our community and to see the best in the other volunteers as they strive to serve others and the community.”
Mrs. Hugman was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and has lived in Longview 25 years. She earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Hugman is originally from Fort Worth and has been a member of the Longview community 27 years. He graduated from Gladewater High School and earned a master’s degree in architecture from Texas A&M University. They have been married 25 years and are the parents of two adult children, Elissa, 22, and Robert, 20. As members of Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church, Mrs. Hugman serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Mr. Hugman is a member of both the finance and fundraising committees. He also serves as a youth religious education teacher.
“Longview has been a marvelous place for us to begin a small business and raise our children in a nurturing environment that focuses on the family. Our children received an excellent education and the size of Longview gives us the flexibility to volunteer at school, extracurricular activities and all kinds of volunteer opportunities,” the Hugmans said. “We could live anywhere in the world and we choose Longview.”