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Agency's drive did 'very well'

December 13, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Students and hair stylists were among those honored for their contributions to United Way of Washington County's 2002 fall giving campaign Thursday during the campaign wrap-up luncheon in Hagerstown.

This year's campaign raised $1.6 million for 21 member agencies, Campaign Chairman Robert Ernst II said.

"We were unable to reach our $1.7 million goal, but did very well considering the current economic conditions," Ernst said. "We are overwhelmed by the number of organizations and people who opened their hearts and provided funding for our member agencies."

A group of hair stylists from the JC Penney Hair Salon at Valley Mall received the United Way's top volunteer award for their efforts during the campaign. Barnhart presented Dottie Shite and her co-workers with the agency's Chairman's Award for spearheading Penney's employee campaign, donations to which increased by more than 400 percent over last year.

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A Longaberger basket lottery, bake sales and a bit of "begging" fueled the success of the storewide employee campaign, Shite said.

Clear Spring Middle School eighth-grade student Amber Knable was among seven individuals and groups honored with United Way Spirit Awards for their dedication to the campaign. Amber, 13, collected about $100 of the $1,700 raised during her school's "United We Run" fund-raiser for United Way, she said.

Her parents, Wanda and Tim Knable, helped Amber ask for donations.

"It feels really good to help people out," she said.

Other Spirit Award winners included: Outback Steakhouse, Arnold Platou of The Herald-Mail, Save-A-Lot Foods, CertainTeed, First Data Merchant Services and Washington County Government employees.

Ernst also recognized local media representatives for spreading the word about United Way, and area businesses that increased their employee contributions and/or corporate donations by at least 20 percent over last year's campaign.

Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to: AC&T, Beachley Furniture, The Brethren Mutual Insurance Company, CASA, Columbia Gas of Maryland, Community Action Council, Ellsworth Electric, GS Images, The Herald-Mail Company, Hub Labels, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, Susquehanna Bancshares and United Parcel Service.

United Way Executive Director James Taylor also thanked the campaign's contributors for their generosity, and volunteers and organizers for their hard work.

"It is gratifying to see the generosity of so many members of the community despite the difficult economic situation," Taylor said. "We will be able to maintain funding for our member agencies in 2003 at a time when services are clearly needed more than ever."

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