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United Way raised more than half goal

October 26, 2000

United Way raised more than half goal



By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer


The United Way of Washington County has reached more than half its $1.7 million goal for the 2000 giving campaign, agency spokesman William Bulla said Wednesday.

Seven weeks into the campaign, donations tally $900,000, which is a nearly 30 percent increase over the same period last year, Bulla said.

"It is exciting to see the campaign making so much progress at such an early date," United Way Executive Director James Taylor said.

United Way officials attributed the boost to increased employee campaigns and corporate giving amounts.

The agency received corporate gifts of $88,000 from Citicorp Credit Services and $30,000 from First Data Merchant Services, Bulla said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department, Sharett, Inc., First Data Merchant Services and Hagerstown Trust reported "outstanding" increases in employee giving, Bulla added.

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"We are especially grateful to our volunteers and our donors for their efforts to make Washington County a better place for all of us to live," Taylor said.

Money raised during the fall campaign will be used in 2001 to fund programs that nurture children, strengthen families, sustain health and wellness, and promote self-sufficiency.

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