United Way nears goal
By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer
Contributions to the United Way of Washington County's fall 2000 giving campaign exceed $1.3 million, campaign Vice Chairman Art Callaham announced with a twang Thursday at a Western-themed campaign luncheon.
Donations now total 80 percent of the agency's $1.7 million goal since the campaign began Aug. 30.
"This is unbelievably exciting news," said Callaham, standing in for campaign Chairman Mike Callas and United Way President Richard Gagliardi, who were out of town.
The absent campaign officials were featured on wanted posters that dotted the cowboy hat-filled meeting room at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown.
A posse of pseudo-sheriff's deputies rounded-up United Way volunteers and company representatives whose outstanding involvement propelled donations to this year's campaign far beyond last year's pace. By this time last year, funds collected were at 48 percent of the goal, which was also $1.7 million.