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United Way celebrates successful drive

January 20, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The United Way of Washington County celebrated another successful fund-raising campaign and said goodbye to its executive director Thursday.

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The 1999 annual fund drive raised $1,665,000, which was $50,000 more than the agency raised the previous year, said Richard Gagliardi, United Way of Washington County board president.

About $1.3 million of the money raised will be distributed among 22 United Way member agencies in the Tri-State area. About $300,000 will be used to pay United Way administrative costs, Gagliardi said.

The original goal for the annual fund-raising campaign was $1.7 million.

Thursday was Kathleen Hall's last day as the organization's executive director.

Hall, who worked for the United Way for eight years, is taking over as course administrator at the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, a national organization with headquarters in Hagerstown.

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Speakers used words like optimistic, creative and tenacious to describe Hall.

Hall spoke briefly during the luncheon at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Hagerstown.

She thanked the staff and many volunteers, and remembered some of the lighter moments of her tenure with the United Way. Hall said she credited her staff members for the times they made her look good.

Hall said leaving the United Way was the hardest decision she's ever had to make.

The approximately 120 people at the luncheon gave Hall a standing ovation at the end of her speech.

New United Way of Washington County Executive Director James Taylor is expected to take over the job on Feb. 14.

Also Thursday, some of the top fund raisers received special recognition and awards from fund-raising Campaign Chairman James Pierne.

- The Chairman's Award went to DOT Food for increasing by 15 times its employee and corporate contributions over the previous year.

- Allegheny Power and Mack Trucks were given the Business Leaders Award for continued support and substantial increases in employee and corporate gifts.

- Spirit Awards went to TARGET, which contributed even though its store has not yet opened; Fujicolor Processing for expanding its fundraising campaign, And First Data, which increased its volunteer support and held extra fundraising events.

- Volunteer Spirit Awards went to Mack Trucks employees Klaus Hein and Charlene Daley and United Way volunteer Dawn Hoover-Miller for their work in helping to increase Mack Trucks employee contribution by $27,000.

- The Exceptional Service Award went to Diane Mongan and Ted Wolford, co-chairs of the campaign cabinet's Diamond Division, for their work to increase contributions from employees of the City of Hagerstown, Washington County and member agencies.

- A special Appreciation Award was given to Advertising Inc. for continued support through the company's donation of billboard space during the campaign and throughout the year.

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