CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — For Pam Anderson, the 2011 Franklin County United Way campaign chairwoman, there is “no place like home.”
Decked out in ruby heels and a tiara reminiscent of Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” Anderson led the celebration of the United Way of Franklin County reaching its $750,000 campaign goal.
United Way Executive Director Amy Hicks said money continued to trickle in after the campaign closed a month ago.
“We were keeping our fingers crossed. We’re so excited. It’s wonderful,” Hicks said Wednsday at the United Way celebration at the Wood Center Stage Theatre at the Capitol Theatre Center.
Twenty-eight organizations are part of the campaign in Franklin County that impact more than 40 programs. More than 150,000 people are reached by the United Way’s services annually, she said.
“This is what we work for all year, and it’s important for us, it’s important to the community and the programs that we serve. When we’re able to make our goal it shows the community’s dedication,” Hicks said.
In February, the campaign was about $65,000 shy of meeting its goal.
“I was concerned this year,” Hicks said. “When we don’t reach our goal it is less funding available to give away — so we scale back – everybody receives a little less.”
While there are a lot of capital campaigns going on right now, Anderson said she never lost hope.
“United Way is something that’s traditional in our community. It’s been going on in Chambersburg since 1942 and longer in Waynesboro, and it’s just something that people depend on and people support,” she said.
Anderson helped recognized key volunteers in the effort and introduced the 2012 campaign chairman, Joe Zmitrovich.
Zmitrovich is employed by Susquehanna Bank and is already working with the United Way team to plan for the upcoming effort.
Several area companies were recognized for their efforts, including: Manitowoc Crane Group, M&T Bank, Susquehanna Bank, Target Distribution Center and Summit Health. JC Penny, The Bon Ton, Boyer and Ritter, CPAs and Noelker and Hull were all recognized for outstanding growth within their campaigns.
United Way Spirit Awards were given to individuals and companies that devoted significant energy to supporting United Way’s efforts, including Angie Coons for her work with the Chambersburg Combined Federal Campaign; Kelly Rife of Take Shape for Life, PALZ; Kelly Spinner for her support on the radio through Good Morning Tristate on 103.7; and Waynesboro Hospital.