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Eastern Panhandle United Way campaign soars past goal

May 14, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Leaders with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle are thanking the community for a successful 2007 campaign of $1.65 million, the most United Way dollars raised in the Eastern Panhandle, according to a news release.

The total surpasses the campaign goal of $1.4 million by 20 percent.

"What this figure is really about is winners: our generous donors, our campaign volunteers, our hard-working agencies, and, most of all the thousands of men, women, and children throughout the Eastern Panhandle whose lives will be improved as a result of these efforts," 2007 Campaign Chair Ken Tyler said in the release.

Tracey Eberling, president of the United Way board of directors, presented Tyler at Monday's campaign announcement with a bright yellow report card saying that he'd earned an "A plus."

This spring, 60 volunteers from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties identified the most pressing health and human service needs in the Eastern Panhandle and set goals for thriving children, strong families and independent seniors. Nonprofit agencies were invited to submit proposals for addressing those goals.

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United Way volunteers are reviewing those proposals and will recommend how campaign dollars will be invested.

The dollars raised in the campaign came from more than 2,700 donors, with 212 donors contributing $750 or more and 15 contributing between $5,000 and $10,000.

For more information regarding the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, call 304-263-0603 or visit www.uwayep.org.

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