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United Way adds 'power' to drive

October 08, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Joan Monninger made it clear Tuesday that the theme of the United Way's 1997 fund drive in Washington County is more than just words to her and her family.

"I want people to know how the Washington County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency has helped my husband and me," Monninger said at the Tuesday report luncheon.

The theme, "The Power of You," has meaning for the Monningers, who as a family have struggled for years with Gary Monninger's substance abuse, she said.

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"Alcoholism and drugs are a disease like cancer," Joan Monninger said.

She credited Bonnie Beachley, director of the council, with turning her family's life around. The council is a United Way agency.

"My husband is now like the man I married 30 years ago," Joan Monninger said.

Karen Bageant announced at the report luncheon at Howard Johnson's that the Citicorp employees campaign has raised $250,897.93 this year.

That figure, added to the other contributions, brings the total to $531,414, which represents 29 percent of the $1,850,000 goal.

The residential campaign has reached 27 percent of its goal, taking in $25,931 to date. A phonathon will be held Oct. 19-23 to contact previous donors who have not responded to the mailing.

The finance, insurance and real estate campaign is up to $54,489, or 31 percent of its goal.

Richard Gagliardi, 1997 campaign chairman, said it would be possible to reach this year's goal.

Future events are planned such as the Fuji Color Processing scavenger hunt to benefit United Way on Saturday, Oct. 18. There is a fee of $20 for a four-person team.

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