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United Way kicks off with a goal of $745,00

October 01, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After narrowly missing its fund-raising goal last year, United Way of Franklin County is again shooting for the magic number of $745,000.

Fund-raising began with a Pacesetter Campaign that wrapped up last week with pledges totaling $106,370, 14 percent of the $745,000 goal.

"The Pacesetter Campaign includes anything we got since the end of the last campaign through Friday," said Cynthia Hawbaker, executive director of United Way of Franklin County. "Some retail businesses like to hold their campaigns in late summer or at different times and avoid their busy season."

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Hawbaker said the target for Pacesetter Campaigns is 10 to 15 percent of the goal, so this year's fund-raising is on track.

"But that still leaves 86 percent of the way to go," she cautioned. "This is proving to be a much tougher year. Economic challenges continue. Things haven't rebounded as much as we've hoped."

The campaign officially kicked off Friday, and residents can monitor its progress by the painted thermometer that will go up outside the United Way's Coldbrook Avenue office today.

The annual United Way campaign raises funds for 26 area health and human service agencies with the help of more than 300 volunteers from businesses and professional organizations.

United Way agencies include the Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa., YMCAs, Lutheran Home Care Services, Women in Need and for the first time Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County.

This year's campaign theme is "The Way Franklin County Cares, Community by Community," and will continue throughout the fall with the final tally announced at United Way's annual meeting in February.

Campaign chairwoman is Mary Ellen Hess, a mortgage originator with M&T Bank, whose mother was executive director of the Waynesboro United Way for years. That organization merged with the Chambersburg United Way to form the current United Way of Franklin County, Hawbaker said.

Last year, United Way of Franklin County came in $12,000 shy of its $745,000 goal.

Local residents who are not contacted through a workplace campaign or other personal solicitation can support the campaign by sending contributions to the United Way at 183 S. Coldbrook Avenue, PO Box 47, Chambersburg, Pa., 17201.

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