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United Way drive ends; donations still sought

Organization likely to meet major goals for year, but total won’t be announced until mid-January

November 22, 2003

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It's not too late to give.

United Way of Douglas County's annual fund-raising drive ended Friday with officials saying they're on track to meet or exceed last year's total of $1.4 million.

But people who want to give to this year's campaign, which will help fund 28 social-service agencies throughout the coming year, can still make a pledge.

One of the United Way's goals for this drive was to boost the number of contributors. That happened in at least four of the divisions into which the United Way divides local donors.

For example, 77 large businesses ran employee campaigns this year; the goal for this year was 75. In Douglas County government, 291 employees pitched in, topping the goal of 284.

At Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 386 employees pledged a donation, 41 more than had been targeted. And in Lecompton, 23 residents contributed, one more than was hoped for.

Numbers released Friday showed the other divisions -- such as small businesses, professionals, Kansas University and Lawrence public schools -- were short of goals, but officials say there are a number of pledges that have yet to be processed.

"Those are not anywhere near the end figures," said Ted Haggart, of Douglas County Bank, chairman of this year's campaign.

Final campaign results will be announced in mid-January.

For more information about contributing to this year's campaign or to obtain a pledge form, call 843-6626, visit the United Way's Web site at www.unitedwaydgco.org, or visit the office at 2518 Ridge Court.

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