United way raises $1.6 million

January 23, 1997


Staff Writer

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.


The campaign co-chairman awards went to First Data Merchant Services and Rayloc Inc. of Hancock.

Citicorp Credit Services Inc. received the 1996 Award of Excellence for exceeding its goal for the third year in a row.

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