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United Way More Than $500K
Thursday, 15 November 2012

November 15--  The United Way Campaign in Toombs-Montgomery and Wheeler Counties exceeded all expectations.

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At the campaign Victory Luncheon Thursday, campaign officials reported collections had exceeded the $465,000 goal by $46,000 with money still being turned in.  By late Thursday, the total had risen to more than $518,000 and a final figure of at least $525,000 is predicted.

The total suprises campaign director Amy Sowell, "I had no idea it was going to go that high.  We set our goal this year three-and-a-third percent higher than last and I'm just thrilled at what this community can come together and do.  I was extremely surprised."

About half of the money pledged this year is coming from area industries and their employees.  The Industrial Division drive was led by Sherry Keene from Trane.  "I just think that people see the need and want to give back to the community and know there are people out there who need it," she said.

United Way Executive Director Patricia Dixon says, "It was the community doing it and they just blew our socks off.  We just praise the Lord for everybody.  We had a lady on our video that said bring a meal everyday to her was 'some kind of touch' and that's what we want to be, 'some kind of touch' and reach out to people in their time of need."

Here's a breakdown of various division results in the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division

 

Goal

 

Actual

 

% of Goal

Agri-Business

 

5,000

 

0.00

 

0.00%

Building/Trades/Utilities

 

45,500

 

54,378.37

 

119.51%

Education/Public Service

 

40,000

 

44,722.06

 

111.81%

Finance

 

20,000

 

18,626.10

 

93.13%

Industrial

 

220,000

 

262,060.24

 

119.12%

Professional/Medical

 

52,500

 

63,633.70

 

121.21%

Retail

 

25,000

 

17,757.20

 

71.03%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Events

 

32,000

 

30,208.98

 

94.40%

Special Gifts

 

25,000

 

26,836.00

 

107.34%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

465,000

 

518,223

 

111.45%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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