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Washington County United Way hits $1.9 million goal

Group of donors and companies make $100,000 push

Group of donors and companies make $100,000 push

February 08, 2008

HAGERSTOWN -- United Way of Washington County, which met its record-high $1.9 million fundraising goal just days before the Jan. 31 deadline, will announce the total amount raised at a celebration Feb. 15, spokeswoman Jenny Fleming said.

The community fundraising organization still was $100,000 short of the goal as of Jan. 19, but a last-minute push brought the organization to the $1.9 million mark by Jan. 25, Fleming said.

"Everyone was very excited," she said. "Starting the campaign, we knew we had a lot of obstacles, but everything really fell into place."

A group of donors including the Community Foundation of Washington County, Ellsworth Electric and Howard and Ann Kaylor agreed to donate an additional $50,000 if the community would match the other $50,000, and First Data quickly responded with a corporate gift of $50,000, United Way campaign director Leah Gayman said.

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Others also were eager to help United Way reach its goal.

"We started receiving donations almost immediately after the challenge was announced," Gayman said, according to a press release issued Thursday. "Every day, the mail was filled with new donations and letters wishing us a successful campaign."

Top-performing individuals and companies will receive awards at the Feb. 15 celebration, themed "Our Community Has Heart," Fleming said.

Money raised by United Way of Washington County funds programs within 25 partner agencies such as the American Red Cross, REACH and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts councils.

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