"A year ago, on our way home from this same event, we asked each other, `how are we going to beat that next year?" said Sal Cefalu, chairman of Citicorp's internal fund-raising campaign, who presented the check to United Way.
As of Tuesday, United Way has received $896,204 in pledges toward the $1.85 million goal. With just three weeks to go in this year's campaign, officials are hoping to get $953,796 to reach the goal.
"Of course, we all know we have a long way to go," Doug Wright, co-chairman of the United Way fund-raising campaign, told about 100 people at the luncheon.
Cefalu said he and Lisa Eyer will step down as co-chairs of Citicorp's campaign, a post each pair holds for two years. The successors are expected to start next year's campaign in a few days, Cefalu said.
"Citicorp runs a campaign that's enthusiastic, full of energy and commitment," Wright said. "Citicorp is indicative of what's going on in our community. They set the pace and lead the way for the rest of us."
Other than starting early, there's no secret to Citicorp's success.
"Basically we just publish literature, hold raffles and giveaways and stuff like that," said Cefalu.
Part of the money from the fund-raising campaign will be allocated to United Way's operations budget. The rest will be divided among 24 member agencies.