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Lending a helping hand in Pa.

February 22, 2001

Lending a helping hand in Pa.



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg
Massimilla

Above: John Massimilla

Below: Edwin H. Sponseller, first vice chairman for the united Way of Franklin County's 2000 Campaign, posts the total money raised during the campaign at the agency's annual meeting Wednesday.

photo:

RICHARD T. MEAGHER

staff photographer

United Way goal



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Despite earlier concerns it might not meet this year's goal, the United Way of Franklin County announced Wednesday it had surpassed its fund-raising campaign goal.

"The last committee meeting was depressing. But something happened in the last month and the mission will live," campaign Chairman John Massimilla said during the organization's annual meeting Wednesday.

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United Way reported a final total of $750,483 in pledges and donations in this year's campaign. The goal was $740,000.

As of mid-January, the group had recorded just under $640,000 in pledges or donations and was concerned that with recent area layoffs it would not hit its goal.

Last year, United Way of Franklin County collected $737,686.50 in the annual campaign to help fund local human service organizations.

"One of the keys to our success was the 22 employer campaigns that realized an increase in giving," Massimilla said.

Also Wednesday, the United Way elected the following board members for new or repeat terms: William George, Kenneth Hartman, Pamela Johns, Cheryl Plummer, Bill Pukmel, Gail Reeder, Eva Rickrode and Edwin Sponseller.

Sponseller will serve as the chairman of the next United Way campaign.

More than 300 volunteers and dozens of businesses have been working on the campaign since it began in late September.

The funds will be distributed to 28 human service programs including the Red Cross, the YMCA, Women in Need Victims Services, the Salvation Army and the Boy and Girl Scouts, among others.

The agencies that receive help have completed an extensive evaluation process and are registered with the state.

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