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United Way abundantly blessed: Each of 19 HCUW agencies will receive ‘22 percent more’ to help more

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Hopkins County United Way closed out the final workers report meeting Tuesday the same way the 2013-14 campaign started — with prayer of thanks for giving which not only met but abundantly exceeded the stated goal.

The campaign was approached as a mission, to not only raise at least $155,000 to meet allocations for 19 local agencies but as a limitless goal to “give more to help more.”

“We were at $179,500 last week; another $450 came in after the meeting. The total for today was $9,697.15. That brings the grand total to $189,261.05,” HCUW Executive Secretary Susan Berning said at the end of final campaign report meeting.

Among the $9,697.15 turned in this week was another $5,000 from Flowserve corporation. That brings the company’s total contribution to HCUW this year to $24,000, making the business the number one contributor.

Jubilee Family Medicine, a new business and HCUW contributor, also reportedly “went way above their goal.”

Also noted for exceeding the goal was Rotary Club and Summit Energy gave $1,800. Summit plans to start giving at the next pay day, pledging for 13 months instead of the usual 12, which means that amount will be slightly higher, Berning noted.

Chili’s giveback day raised $132.91, and Water Oak Preschool raised $194 with their penny drive.

At the end of the last report meeting, HCUW had received $189,261.05 in pledges and donations toward this year’s campaign, with at least three large businesses (Lowe’, Walmart and Luminant-TXU-Oncore group) noting they would give, but their tallies wouldn’t be in for a little while yet due to their funding cycle.

“We’re really not at the end yet!  I expect to receive numbers from a few industry businesses next month and after the first of the year. Some of you still have a few packets to turn in.  Please let me know when you have them ready, and I can get them from you! I’ll be following up with you in the next few days to see how I can help,” Berning said.

A few of those outstanding packets came in later Tuesday, bringing in another $926 in pledges, pushing the total so far to $190,187.05 and counting.

Hopkins County’s generosity — $35,187.05 over the original campaign goal — will mean 22 percent more of their original allocation will go to each of the 19 recipient agencies to enable them to serve more people and meet more needs, HCUW Campaign Chair Chris Vorheese noted.

“It’s all for God. Thanksgiving is next week. We have a lot to be thankful for this year,” said Voorheese. 

He said when he took a moment to list the things he’s thankful for, he had to make a special list just for the number of blessings from the HCUW campaign, which were plentiful. 

Voorheese expressed gratitude for “the entire campaign and how it turned out. First to thank is the Lord. This campaign has been a blessing to me and hopefully to your guys,” he said to the dedicated campaign workers, “and those who receive and those who gave to this year’s campaign.”

He expressed thanks to the many who helped make this year’s campaign an overwhelming success, among them: Chad Young and the staff at The Lodge, Carolyn McKinney and the Dairy Museum, who not only donated the venues for the kickoffs but also lunch; local media for their “outstanding coverage” which kept the community informed about the campaign; campaign workers for their persistency and dedication in distributing and collecting donation packets; Johanna Hicks, Mario Villarino and Barbara Sanders, for use of the AgriLife Extension meeting room for the weekly meetings, and for working the campaign; to the individual who anonymously donated nearly $15,000 to this year’s campaign; the schools, hospital and associated medical professionals and banks; Latson’s for printing thank you notes and envelopes; GSC for printing HCUW brochures and other materials to promote the campaign; those contributors who gave; and “so many that stepped up,” going the extra effort to meet the goal.

“It took everything you did to meet the goal. It is amazing. God is good,” Voorheese noted. “We live in a great county. We appreciate the abundant giving. Everyone of the organizations will get 22 percent more to help more thanks to you.”

The Hopkins County United Way 100 Perent Club for Nov. 19 included the following companies or organizations that either met or exceeded their posted goal:

  • Water Oak Preschool
  • Summit Energy
  • Everything Unique
  • Plain and Fancy
  • Appliance Hospital
  • Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab
  • Jubilee Family Medicine
  • Rotary
  • Martin Braddy
  • Smith, McDowell, Ginn
  • Watson Co.



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