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United Way meets goal

goldfish spared

March 02, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The United Way of Franklin County met its 2007 campaign goal of $715,000 without Chairwoman Amy Murray actually having to actually fulfill her campaign pledge to swallow a goldfish.

The final total of $717,661.60 was announced Wednesday at the United Way's annual meeting at Orchards Restaurant. While the goldfish was on hand, it was "rescued at the last minute" by the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, according to a press release from Executive Director Amy Hicks.

Murray instead downed some Goldfish crackers, according to the release.

Much of the meeting was devoted to remembrance of Cynthia Hawbaker, the United Way Director for 11 years before stepping down last spring. Hawbaker, who died in November at the age of 53 following a lengthy illness, was remembered for her commitment to volunteerism and community.

Her husband Steve Hawbaker and Hicks unveiled the Cynthia Hawbaker Memorial Award, which is to be presented annually by the United Way.

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New members voted onto the United Way's board of directors were Bill Gour of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce; Eric Foreman of M&T Bank in Chambersburg; Cheryl Rose of Waynesboro Hospital; and Debbie Michaels of F&M Trust in Greencastle.

Retiring from the board were David Bishop, Bill Pukmel, Pamela Johns and Mike Hockenberry, who served as board president for the past year.

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