By MARLO BARNHART
The Washington County United Way's 1996 fund drive raised $1.6 million, officials said at Wednesday's awards luncheon at The Venice Inn.
The final tally was 86.5 percent of the $1.8 million goal, according to Maureen Theriault, community relations director.
The 24-member agencies will share $1,137,514 of that figure. The rest goes for fund-raising and administration.
Last year's fund drive raised just over $1.5 million, Theriault said.
The agency handed out 126 employee campaign awards for the 1996 campaign, according to Doug Wright Jr., campaign co-chairman.
Wright noted special awards that went out Wednesday to:
- The Rev. David Buchenroth who coordinated the campaign within the clergy of the community.
- Kim Divelbliss, who did a "great job of explaining to people what the United Way is and what it does."
- Bob Rankin, "an old standby," without whom the campaign wouldn't be the same.
- Kathy Thomas, chairman of the residential division, which raised more money than last year, and organized a gift wrap weekend to bring in more donations.
- Dr. Ralph Salvagno, who coordinated a phone campaign to reach more professionals.
Campaigns with significant increases in employee giving were held at Bester Elementary, up 190 percent; Hamilton Pontiac-Cadillac, up 229 percent; Interstate Service Coalition, up 292 percent; Maryland Metals Inc., up 551 percent; and Reynolds and Reynolds, up 193 percent.