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United Way extends annual campaign by one week but already at 90% of goal
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Hopkins County United Way Co-Chairs Peggy and Bob Weaver couldn't hide their surprise after hearing how much money has been raised so far in the HCUW campaign

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Oct. 31, 2006 - Hopkins County United Way is extending its 2006 fund raising campaign for another week to allow campaign workers time to pick up pledges from local businesses and industries needing “just a little more time” to get their collections together.

Overall, HCUW workers had turned in $128,998 in donations, or about 90 percent of the $140,000 campaign goal, as of Tuesday morning.

"I have no doubt we'll make it. I feel like this is going to be a biggie," co-campaign chair Bob Weaver said Tuesday morning at what was originally slated to be the last campaign meeting."I'm not worried."

Weaver's wife and co-chair, Peggy, "knocked on wood" just as a precaution.

Most campaign workers reported that most United Way donors continued to meet or exceed their campaign goals. A few others asked for a little more time  to talk to all employees or until after their next pay periods to get their donation packets completed.

All county schools except North Hopkins and Miller Grove contributed to HCUW, with Cumby and Saltillo schools exceeding their goals, and Como-Pickton donating more than $1,400.

The staff of Boys & Girls Club, one of the recipients of United Way funding, met their goal, as well.

"He [Boys & Girls Club Director Doug Smith] won't tell you himself, but the Boys & Girls Club gave $500," HCUW Executive Secretary Charlotte Henderson bragged of the club. "We really appreciate one of our agencies giving."

Judy Tipping reported a "real good" response from Sulphur Springs Independent School District. The district pledged $8,605, which Tipping said is 141 percent of its set goal.

M&F Western Products and Circle E Western Store each exceeded their goals.

The Hopkins County Regional Civic Center staff and Hopkins County Sheriff's Office each went over their goals by "a substantial amount."

Carriage House Manor was recognized not only for a readiness to give, but also for for exceeding its goal.

Northeast Texas Farmer's Co-op employees exceeded their goal, as well.

Galyean Insurance donated $600 and VF Outlet turned in a $100 donation.

Lake Country Health Care met its goal, and Family Health Care Associates, which gave $271 last year, really "hit one over the fence for United Way." FHCA employees contributed $1,600, which coupled with the amount donated by the physicians came to a total donation of $3,220, Donna Wallace reported.

Grocery Supply Co. turned in $2,000 from the company and $11,000 from its employees. Ocean Spray employees donated $2,196 and the company $1,500. WePack employees and the company each contributed $526.

Sulta Manufacturing, a company of just 20 employees, contributed $2,286, or about $114 per employee.

For the first time, Lowe's participated in the HCUW campaign, with employees donating $2,461 and the company matching half that amount.

� FlowServe employees were instrumental in exceeding the company's $1,500 goal, turning in a collective donation of $2,165, according to Pansy Bell.

"We just want to make an effort to let these people know how much we appreciate their generosity," Bell said.

Billy Crowson offered a heartfelt thanks, both personally and on behalf of HCUW, to each individual and company who has participated in this year's campaign, adding that HCUW is especially thankful to those who have given beyond their goals or past donations.

"I know where this money goes and I see what it does," added Lucy Vaden, director of Community Chest. "Unless you're in an agency like Gina [Law, executive director of Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children] and I are in, you don't realize what is done with it ,and what a positive thing comes out of it. I appreciate all you have done, and especially to the co-chairs Bob and Peggy Weaver, and Charlotte Henderson — you do a great job, too."

"Everybody's donation is important," said Bob Weaver. "The big guys may be able to give a little more, but the little ones are just as important as the big guys. Everyone has done a great job. Everybody works real hard for this."

"Everyone has been wonderful," said HCUW President Deanna Landers. 

"We just want to thank everyone," said  Peggy Weaver. "We are going to have one more meeting and we want all of you to come, even if you've already turned in your packets."

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