|United Way exceeds campaign goal by $6,000, with more to come|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 7, 2006 - Campaign contributions to this year's Hopkins County United Way went out of the ballpark, raking in $6,000 more than this year's $140,000 campaign goal and counting.
A handful of packets are still out, so the $146,020.50 total reported this morning is expected to continue growing at least through the end of the week.
�To celebrate the occasion, Hopkins County United Way Campaign co-chairs Bob and Peggy Weaver wore their baseball attire, keeping with this year's United Way fund drive theme, "Hit One Over the Fence for Hopkins County United Way."
"This has been one of the most rewarding things Peggy and I have done," Bob Weaver said of this year's campaign. "It's been a treat and a pleasure, and if anyone has any tendency to do this job, I encourage them to do it. It's given us a different slant on our community."
Peggy Weaver, deflecting praise from herself and co-chair Bob, credited all of the campaign workers and many who donated for the campaign's success.
"Bob and I did very little," she said. "You did all the work."
The volunteers also heard words of thanks from some of the organizations that benefit from United Way contributions.
"On behalf of CASA, and all the other organizations that benefit from this, thank you," said Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Executive Director Gina Law. "I am blessed to actually see what it does for the children. So far this year we have 81 children and we still have a few months to go. We appreciate all your hard work
"I thank everyone again," said Lucy Vaden on behalf of Community Chest. "I appreciate what every one of you has done."
As a special thank you to Bob and Peggy Weaver, HCUW Executive Secretary Charlotte Henderson donned the cheerleading uniform of Cumby High School, her alma mater, and gave a special cheer for the campaign co-chairs' enthusiasm and hard work, which made this year's campaign especially fun for campaign workers.
"I wouldn't do this for just anyone, but you deserve it," Henderson said, just before breaking out in a peppy cheer for Bob and Peggy Weaver.
Larry Crowson, a former HCUW campaign chairman, also praised the work of the Weavers and HCUW President Deanna Landers on this year's fund drive.
"I have enjoyed seeing you, Bob and Peggy and Deanna, get so excited," Crowson said. "People want to get involved in the warmth and glow you put out. Good job. You really put your heart and soul into it."
Campaign workers gave reports on groups, businesses and industries that met or exceeded their goals, with Sulphur Springs and Como-Pickton pompon squads cheering each campaign worker's report.
"Jeld Wen exceeded their goal by a good little bit. It's been good. This lets industries step up to the plate every year and we appreciate it," said Deanna Landers, campaign president.
"We're very pleased with the response from school employees," Patsy Bolton said of Sulphur Springs Independent School District's contribution.
"The hospital did well, the clinics did well the doctors officers did well, they all really came through," Donna Wallace reported of their contributions.
Weaver noted that SSISD did a great job, and thanked Judy Tipping, who collected for the school district but was unable to attend Tuesday's meeting, and Wallace for all of the effort and hard work they put into the "tremendous responsibility" of collecting from such large and varied locations.
Bill Allan reported turning in 120 percent of the goal set for the agricultural businesses he was tasked with collecting from. Joy Wilson turned in a packet for more than $2,400.
Charlotte Henderson reported that United Parcel Services turned in a pledge of $7,970, and that Echo Publishing Company met its $1,800 goal and that the company's employees exceeded their goal with $2,174 turned in.
"All the givers in our community — it's just wonderful," Bob Weaver said.