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United Way campaign exceeds goal

December 29, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The United Way of Berkeley & Morgan Counties has exceeded its 2005 campaign goal of $675,000, campaign chairwoman Teresa McCabe announced Wednesday.

The latest tally indicates the campaign has raised $690,715 or 102.3 percent of its goal, McCabe said in a news release.

"It is so rewarding to live in such a wonderful community where people are always there to give back to their community," McCabe said.

"This achievement would not have been possible without the support of hundreds of contributors who are the backbone of our local United Way movement", added Jan Callen, United Way executive director.

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Both Callen and McCabe acknowledged the dedicated work accomplished by the campaign division leaders and numerous campaign volunteers who were critical in ensuring that the local United Way can provide the resources to those local agencies that are making a difference in the community.

According to Callen, the United Way of Jefferson County is currently at 65 percent of its goal, or $390,000. Jefferson United Way officials anticipate that their $600,000 goal will be met as well once monies from the combined federal campaign and other surrounding United Ways are received.

In November, the two Eastern Panhandle United Ways announced that they had entered into an official agreement to establish the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle. The new organization will become fully operational by July 1, 2006.

Donations to the United Ways of the Eastern Panhandle support more than 50 health and human service agencies in the three-county coverage area. For more information on how to make a donation, call 304-263-0603 or 304-725-4483.

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