United Way reaches 23 percent of goal

Drive going strong with biggest donors still out there

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct 23, 2007 - Hopkins County United Way has raised 23 percent of its $145,000 goal for this year’s fundraising campaign to benefit 16 local agencies, HCUW Campaign Chair Randal Voss said following Tuesday morning’s campaign workers report meeting.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Hopkins County United Way worker Donna Wallace (2nd from left) turns in her packet to executive secretary Charlotte Henderson (far left) at the beginning of the second United Way Workers' Report meeting held Tuesday morning at the Chamber of Commerce Office. Also pictured (left to right) are workers Ruth Ann Crowson, Jan Chapman and Lucy Vaden.

�I like the persistence, their eagerness to go out and get it,� Voss said, complimenting this year�s campaign workers. �I like to hear there�s still a lot out there to get."

He also said last year's succesful drive, co-chaired by Bob and Peggy Weaver, gives this year's volunteers a special goal to reach for.

"Bob [Weaver] did such a great job for United Way,” Voss said of the current HCUW president. "I’d like to see us beat what Bob did last year. I’d love to do that well, to match him.”

Voss noted that only "one or two" of the "top 15 givers" — the large industries which contribute to HCUW faithfully each year — have gotten their packets turned in, but is confident they will meet, if not exceed, their individual goals this year.

He complimented the many staff members and other individuals at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for meeting their goal with the $8,000 donation turned in this morning.

Other businesses applauded for meeting industry goals Tuesday were Jeld Wen, $3,800; Winzen, $900; and Clayton Homes, $4,000.

Those and other donations bring the HCUW total collected so far to $33,738.

At the first report meeting one week ago, donations turned in by campaign workers totaled $15,876, almost 50 percent ahead of the previous year’s pace.

The next report meeting will be next Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce office. Those workers who are able to are encouraged to attend and get donation their packets in. Those businesses and individuals who have yet to return packets are also encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Voss also issued a reminder that all of the local banks host a cookout at lunch time the first Friday in November to collectively raise money for United Way. He praised their efforts in joining together for a common goal, something he said is unique in that it doesn’t often happen in other areas.

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