Hopkins County United Way has collected 56 percent of its $155,000 goal for the 2013-14 campaign, which benefits 19 local agencies.
Tuesday’s campaign workers’ report meeting was the most profitable to date. Campaign workers reported another $38,580 in donations and pledges turned in, bringing the total collected so far for HCUW to $86,896. However, as she was sorting all the packets, Executive Secretary Susan Berning reported a little bit more was found
“Yesterday’s pledges totaled $38,591.50, which is $11 more than was reported yesterday. I love it when ‘extra’ money is in the packets when it’s all officially counted. Our campaign total so far is $86,907.50, which is 56 percent of our goal,” Berning reported Wednesday.
Several workers turned in packets from businesses or groups which either met or exceeded the goal set for that entity. There were only a few reports of packets turned in which did not meet the goal, but workers said most did make contributions.
Judy Tipping, HCUW campaign president, reported Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s contribution was “a little over $4,000 over goal.” The $10,919 turned in by SSISD consists of donations from 10 different sites, each exceeding the set goal for that campus or group. Lamar Primary’s contribution was three times its goal. Douglas Intermediate, Bowie Primary, Travis Primary, Austin Academic Center and the Administrative Complex each doubled their goal. Early Childhood Learning Center gave 70 percent more than the set goal, Sulphur Springs High School 50 percent more, Sulphur Springs Elementary 40 percent more and Sulphur Springs Middle School 20 percent more.
Deanna Landers reported donations were in from five of the six rural schools in Hopkins County. Saltillo ISD met its goal, while the packet for Cumby ISD has yet to be turned in.
Carriage House Manor was also noted for far exceeding the $250 goal set for the facility, turning in a donation of $1,000.
Ocean Spray turned in a large pledge for $13,521.
Lynda Hager, who each year distributes and collections donation packets from local banks, noted that each year the collaboration of Alliance, City National and Guaranty Bond banks hold a drawing for 11 cash prizes they’ve donated for employees. To get their name in the hopper for a chance to win the money, an employee has to pledge $60 or more a year to HCUW. This year, 101 bank employees from among the three banks met the challenge.
The campaign worker who turned in Alliance’s packet noted that it contained not only the $5,650 the financial institution contributed but also a $10 donation “from a customer on a fixed income who in the true spirit of United Way gave.”
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office exceeded the $700 goal by $48. Ponder Mower and Saw exceeded its goal. A&S Air Conditioning exceeded the $115 goal by $85. Audley Moore Construction on State Highway 19 gave $45 over the $300 goal.
Some other businesses campaign workers Tuesday noted for exceeding the HCUW goal included Suddenlink, Sunny Springs Nursing Home and Broadway Veterinary Clinic.
Berning reported that two email auctions are under way among HCUW workers to generate additional funds for this year’s campaign. Bidding in one auction, for a $40 gift certificate donated by a local restaurant, had reached $120 as of Tuesday. Another auction was started for a $10 gift certificate to a business that sells frozen treats; bidding started at $20 and was up to $30 Wednesday afternoon.
The next weekly campaign workers report meeting will follow at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Texas AgriLife Extension Office on Houston Street. The weekly meeting is normally held on Tuesday at the Extension Office, but has been pushed back one day next week in deference to Tuesday’s election.
Also, Chili’s in Sulphur Springs will be hosting a “give back” from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. Those who present a flyer promoting the event, show it on their phone or mention the HC United Way give back event can participate. Chili’s will donate 10 percent of the day sales to HCUW. Grocery Supply Co. is preparing color copies of the flyer so workers can distribute them throughout the community, including among civic organizations. Copies of the flyer are also available at the SAFE-T office in the CANHelp building on Gilmer Street.
Campaign officials encouraged any worker who is having trouble distributing all of their packets to contact another worker, Berning or Campaign Chair Chris Voorheese for assistance in getting them out.
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