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United Way of Franklin County kicks off campaign

September 30, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - This week's launching of the United Way of Franklin County's 2005 Campaign got off to a head start toward its $710,000 goal with more than $141,000 already in the coffers.

The campaign officially was launched at a luncheon Wednesday at The Orchard Restaurant Lounge and Banquet Facility. This year's theme is "Grow Your Giving." It is pegged on the old "Green Acres" television show. Campaign officials illustrated the theme by donning hillbilly attire at the luncheon.

Barbara Brobst is chairman of the 2005 campaign. She replaces Bill Pukmel, who ran last year's effort. A pacesetter campaign led by Amy Murray, first vice chairman, collected $141,376, or 20 percent of the overall goal, in early pledges from area companies.

Participants included The Bon-Ton Department Store, Boyer and Ritter CPA & Consultants, F&M Trust, First National Bank of Greencastle, J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Lutheran Home Care Services Inc., M&T Bank, The Nitterhouse Companies, Orrstown Bank, Patriot Federal Credit Union, Susquehanna Bank, Target Distribution Center and Wal-Mart.

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United Way helps more than two dozen local programs.

The campaign will continue through the fall. The final tally will be announced at the charity's annual meeting in February.

Local residents not participating in their workplace may send contributions to the United Way at 183 S. Coldbrook Ave., P.O. Box 47, Chambersburg, Pa.

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