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Pa. United Way effort surpasses goal

February 23, 2006|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With the name "Pork Chop," a pot-bellied pig was understandably reluctant to be led into a banquet room Wednesday at The Orchards Restaurant and the porker was not squealing with delight when Barbara Brobst freshened her lipstick and puckered up to plant a kiss on its jowl.

Brobst, the chairwoman of the 2005 Franklin County United Way campaign, was paying the price of success at the United Way's annual meeting, fulfilling a promise to kiss a pig if the campaign reached its goal of $710,000. The campaign beat that figure with $804 to spare.

"Franklin County is the place to be/Farm living is the life for me," the United Way officials, volunteers and contributors sang to the tune of "Green Acres." The campaign kicked off with that tune in September, reflecting this year's theme, "Grow Your Giving."

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Brobst said the Gulf Coast disasters caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita focused the attention of the nation of the needs of that region, but "local families' needs for counseling, food and shelter, good foundations for kids after school and mental and physical disabilities could not be ignored."

"By 'Growing Your Giving' we can continue to fund our local agencies, many of whom are facing budget cuts from government sources," Brobst said. Funds raised by the campaign will be distributed to more than 25 local human service programs serving the county, according to United Way Executive Director Cynthia Hawbaker.

Manitowoc Crane Group, Nitterhouse Companies, Lutheran Home Care Services, Orrstown Bank, Susquehanna Bank, Comcast, Franklin Storage, JC Penney, Sollenberger Silos, South Central Community Action Programs Inc., Waynesboro Day Care and Women In Need received gold awards from the United Way for increasing their giving 20 percent or more.

Silver awards for increases of 10 to 19 percent went to New Visions Inc. and Noelker and Hull. Bronze awards for increased giving up to 10 percent were handed out to Waynesboro Area School District, First National Bank of Greencastle, Cinetic Landis Grinding Corp., United Parcel Service, World Kitchen, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Re/Max Realty Group and Smith Elliott Kearns & Co.

Chambersburg Hospital and affiliates led the top 10 for employee campaigns, followed by Target Distribution Center, Manitowoc Crane, the State Employees Combined Appeal, Giant Foods, Waynesboro Hospital, the Combined Federal Employees Appeal, Chambersburg Area School District, United Parcel Service and Susquehanna Bank.

Brobst said those 10 entities raised 27 percent of the total pledges.

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