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United Way raises $1.7M, just shy of goal

Judy Wright, 2008 Chairwoman for the United Way of Douglas County’s annual campaign, announces awards at an event Wednesday celebrating the end of the agency’s annual fundraising drive, at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. The campaign raised $1.7 million, just $20,000 short of its goal.

Judy Wright, 2008 Chairwoman for the United Way of Douglas County’s annual campaign, announces awards at an event Wednesday celebrating the end of the agency’s annual fundraising drive, at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. The campaign raised $1.7 million, just $20,000 short of its goal.

January 15, 2009

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United way raises $1.7 million

The Douglas County United Way raised $1.7 million in 2008, roughly 99 percent of its goal. Enlarge video

United Way leaders and volunteers are celebrating their 2008 campaign success that has raised $1.7 million in a tough economic climate.

During a Wednesday night event at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H., leaders with the United Way of Douglas County announced the campaign reached 98.8 percent of its 2008 goal — falling just $20,000 short of the goal to raise $1.72 million.

“I think people realize that if you and I are having a tough time because of this economic climate, imagine what it’s like for our neighbors who utilize those services, and we just have to dig a little bit deeper and make it happen,” said Judy Wright, the 2008 campaign chairwoman.

Contributions to the campaign will be allocated to 25 United Way partner agencies.

Wright said she relied on a cabinet of community leaders who had different expertise to tap into new businesses and donors.

“I think what we said once, if we didn’t say it 100 times, is we’re not asking you to give any more, but we’re asking more of you to give, and I think that’s exactly what happened,” Wright said.

During the celebration, campaign leaders recognized three “trailblazer” donors who gave $50,000 or more — Hallmark Cards Inc., The World Company and one anonymous donor. Three companies, Capitol Federal Savings, U.S. Bank and Westar Energy, were also named “patriot” donors for giving $10,000 to $49,999.

For participation, 29 companies and donor agencies had 90 percent to 100 percent of employees take part, and eight more companies had 70 percent to 89 percent employee participation.

Comments

Chris Ogle 5 years, 6 months ago

'..just $20,000 short of its goal.'----------------------------------------------just chump change.... forget it.

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angstew 5 years, 6 months ago

MadMike or for anyone who is interested, you can check out United Way's website at www.unitedwaydgco.organd actually see the agencies they support...and none of the organizations MadMike mentioned are on there. Do your research. For those of you that don't think Lawrence needs funding for non-profits, go in and tell that to the staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters, GaDuGi Safe Center, Boys and Girls Club or any agency on that list and I guarantee that they will tell you that there is a huge need for funding for the people they serve whether that being at risk children, homeless shelters, parenting education, meals for the elderly or victims of sex crimes...not to mention that most of the employees are overworked and underpaid. The United Way is a wonderful agency who helps thousands of people in this town who need it, help employ hundreds and we are incredibly lucky to have it. I sure hope MadMike doesn't have any family members or friends who utilize agencies such as The American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Douglas County Legal Aid Society or the Health Care Access Clinic. Serioulsy people, think about the families that actually utilize and need the agencies listed. I have not been in a situation where I have utilized any of these agencies but whose to say that my house won't be destroyed by a tornado this spring and I will need help from the Red Cross or The Ballard Center?

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MyName 5 years, 6 months ago

@madmike:it depends on how you put out the donation. You can specify that most or even all of it goes to any group that the local united way supports. If you want half to go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters and half to the Red Cross, they can do that. If you had a check that you sent to the national United Way, you may have a point, but your argument is like saying buying a cheeseburger at your local McDonald's somehow means your paid for a button on the national CEO's suit or something. It's unlikely even an entire penny of your contribution went to the national level, let alone to one of the organizations you listed.So stop being a troll.

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