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United Way campaign is third highest

January 20, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A final pre-Christmas plea to at least top the previous year's total succeeded in putting the 2005 United Way of Washington County campaign just over that mark, although about $50,000 short of goal.

"We are very grateful for generous donors who answered our plea for support and showed they value United Way's role in our community," United Way Executive Director Dale Bannon said Thursday.

The 2005 campaign raised $1,649,569, which is an increase of $18,700 over the previous year.

The goal for 2005 - which was $1.7 million - was in jeopardy from the beginning of the campaign, which got under way just as the nation was responding financially to needs from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast.

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"I'm very proud," Bannon said. "You helped us get over that mark, so agencies won't have to cut programs. It was our third highest campaign."

The first Michael G. Callas Campaign award was presented Thursday to Volvo Powertrain/UAW Locals 171 and 1247 by Callas' niece, Cathy Lewis. The organization received the award for a record increase of $20,318 in contributions, as well as boosting participation and awareness.

"We in the Callas family thank you for renaming this award for Uncle Mike," Lewis said.

Lewis said she and others in the family heard many stories at Callas' 2004 funeral about how he had worked so hard for United Way from the 1960s until his death.

Recognized for their diligence leading the 2005 campaign committee were Michael Zampelli and Gary Wright, co-chairmen; and members John Barr, Jack Castle, Tom Newcomer, Cynthia Perini and John Roney.

Spirit awards went to Associated Engineering Sciences, First Data Merchant Services, Hagerstown Trust Co., Rayloc and Thomas, and Bennett and Hunter.

Individual spirit awards were awarded to Angie Helfrick of Washington County government, Robert Porter of Washington County Hospital and Charles Wainwright of Antietam Health Services.

Citicorp Credit Services won the chairman's top performance award for being the largest contributor. In 20 years as a United Way supporter, Citicorp has raised $4,975,000 in employee and corporate donations to date. Committee members Judy Daley, Heather LaRose, Karen Musser, Brad O'Connor, Stephanie Seward, Donna Smith and David Stephey won individual awards.

Businesses with 20 percent or more increases in giving were Associated Engineering Sciences, Berwick Offray, Ellsworth Electric, FedEx, First United Bank and Trust, Hagerstown Community College, Hecht's, Horizon Goodwill, Manpower Staffing Services, Martin's Food Markets, Save-A-Lot Foods, Sovereign Bank, Target, Wachovia Securities, Washington County government and Washington County Health System.

FedEx Ground, NetConn Solutions, Mid-Atlantic System Integrators and the City of Hancock were recognized as new campaigns.

The money raised in the 2005 campaign will be invested within the United Way's 20 partner agencies' health and human services programs, Bannon said.

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