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United Way pulls in record number of contributions

January 19, 1999

United WayBy MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




For the second year in a row, the United Way of Washington County took in a record amount of contributions despite some challenges and competition from other fund drives.

The drive raised $1,615,000 or 95 percent of the $1.7 million goal, according to United Way officials Tuesday at the final campaign luncheon.

"This was the largest amount of money ever raised in this county by a United Way campaign," said United Way President Al Martin.

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The total was $3,677 more than the amount raised last year.

Because of the success of the campaign, the United Way will be able to distribute $1,246,292 to the 22 member agencies in 1999, United Way officials said Tuesday.

Bob Barnhart, 1998 campaign chairman, said there was a lot of competition this year for dollars in the community.

At the same time the community was being approached for United Way contributions, three other agencies - the Hagerstown YMCA, Girls Inc., and Food Resources Inc. - were conducting capital campaigns.

Other downsides this year were the loss of a $50,000 individual gift that had come in years past, United Way officials said.

Added to that, the number of Washington Countians who work outside the county increased. That number was estimated at around 15,000 in 1998, United Way officials said.

Last year, United Way took several big hits when Fort Ritchie, First Urban Fiber and Honeywell closed, United Way officials said.

A review of the 1998 campaign showed:

* 61 employers increased either their employee campaigns, corporate gifts or both.

* 125 people reached by residential mailings increased their gifts and 59 were new donors.

* 21 professionals increased their giving and 14 new professionals donated for the first time

* 91 new contributors gave to the President's and Chairman's clubs.

Barnhart, who handed over the jumbo-sized check to Martin, said four companies deserved special recognition this year.

* Noland Co. for enthusiasm and commitment.

* Rayloc for conducting a postponed but successful campaign after the sudden death of the company campaign chairman.

* Craig Paving for doubling last year's campaign results.

* Shifler Electronics for increasing giving by 10 times over last year.

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