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Barr, Newcomer honored for service to United Way of Washington County

June 27, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- There were a lot of revelations at the annual United Way of Washington County dinner Thursday night.

Most importantly, for the first time, the goal for a United Way campaign has surpassed the $2 million mark.

Rod Shoop, incoming United Way president, said that $100,000 has been pledged even though the official start of the 2008 campaign is two months away.

Tom Newcomer and John Barr, the 2007 campaign co-chairs, received the Jesse Kagle award for distinguished service. The award is named for the late longtime executive director, whose widow, Audrey, was on hand for the presentation.

More than $1.9 million was raised during the 2007 campaign.

Tim Henry and Noel Williams were announced as the 2008 campaign co-chairs. Williams said the challenge will be great, especially since the coming year is going to be rough for a lot of people.

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"Our goal is to bring positive change to our community," said Leah Gayman, executive director of the United Way of Washington County.

The theme of the 2008 campaign is Live United.

Keynote speaker Ed Dorsey challenged everyone at the dinner to make a decision to get personally involved in the campaign. "Show you really care," he said.

Two new agencies have been added to the United Way partners list -- Arc of Washington County and Community Mediation Center.

Several volunteers and staff members were honored for their years of work for United Way. Jim Mason has contributed 20 years, while Christina Sandeen, Fanny Crawford and Mike Hardy were recognized for 10 years with the agency.

A $1,150 scholarship to Hagerstown Community College was awarded Thursday night in the name of Kagle as well as Ed Godlove, who gave a sizeable contribution to the fund.

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