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United Way announces 2005 awards and goals

March 25, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Jessica Cramer, who grew up in nearby Frederick County, knows from experience the positive impact a social worker can have on a child's life. Her dream has been to become a social worker and return the favor.

Kramer, 20, has moved closer to making that goal a reality, thanks in part to the United Way of Washington County, which presented her with the 2005 Jesse L. Kagle Jr. scholarship award Thursday at the annual meeting.

"She was a big help to me," Cramer said, referring to a social worker from her childhood. Cramer will be able to continue her studies at Hagerstown Community College, where she is second-year student. She was described by one of her teachers as determined and hard-working.

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"She possesses a passion for the needs of children in our society," said Frances N. Cade, instructor of human services and psychology at HCC.

Cramer was nominated by the Community Action Council of Washington County, for whom she will be interning.

Also honored at the 48th annual United Way meeting was Arnold "Art" Callaham, who won the 2005 Jesse L. Kagle Jr. service award. Callaham served as both campaign chairman and board president of United Way in 2004.

"Art's dedication to any organization he is involved with goes beyond his dedication of time and direction," said Robert E. Ernst, the 2004 service award recipient.

The awards are named for Kagle, a longtime executive director of United Way. His widow, Audrey Kagle, was at the awards luncheon Thursday.

In the 2004 campaign, the goal of $1.6 million was exceeded by $31,000. Administrative costs were kept to 12 percent, according to Alfred E. Martin, United Way treasurer.

After the designations to specific agencies and to United Way drives in other locations were honored, there was $903,000 to allocate to the 21 member agencies in Washington County, Callaham said.

The goal of the 2005 campaign was announced Thursday by Gary L. Wright, who with drive co-chairman Michael S. Zampelli, will strive to exceed $1.7 million. The 2005 campaign will be kicked off Sept. 2 at a Hagerstown Suns baseball game followed by fireworks.

Wright challenged everyone at Thursday's meeting to work toward getting more employers to let their employees give to United Way through payroll deductions.

"If that happens, this campaign will explode," Wright said.

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