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United Way distributes funds

June 02, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

The United Way agencies benefiting from last year's successful fund drive learned the scope of their allocations Thursday night at the 49th annual dinner at the Four Points Sheraton.

There also was a speech by Brook Manville, the executive vice president for the United Way of America, and the naming of the Jesse L. Kagle Sr. service award winner and scholarship recipient.

As she prepares to start her second year at Hagerstown Community College, scholarship recipient Yvette Wilson faces some challenges.

Wilson, 60, is recuperating from injuries resulting from a May 7 accident on U.S. 40 that took the life of her husband, Burtus Oliver Wilson.

The United Way scholarship is described as a blessing by Wilson, who said she has a lot to be thankful for in her life.

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"I started working right out of high school," Wilson said. "Education later in life is harder than working, and some people do both."

Wilson's goal is to earn a master's degree in social work.

Wilson was nominated by the Community Action Council, where she was an intern. She said with her training and education, she wants the chance to change lives.

The volunteer service award went to Howard S. Kaylor, who has demonstrated significant volunteer dedication to the community, especially through the United Way.

Kaylor served as the co-chair of the leadership giving circle and is a longtime member of the finance committee of the United Way.

Involved with the United Way since 1963, Kaylor is a professional broker and has worked at Ferris Baker Watts since 1970.

The total money allotted to United Way agencies was $1,179,333, which includes donor-restricted designations in the amount of $229,333, according to Dale Bannon, executive director of the local United Way.

The 2005 campaign took in $1,649,569.

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