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United Way campaign goal to raise $1.75 million

September 22, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • United Way Campaign co chairman Peter Perini shows the starting point of money that United Way has towards their 2012 campaign as co chariman James Fakult looks on during the campaign kick off Saturday night
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The United Way of Washington County set its fundraising goal this year at $1.75 million during a campaign kickoff ceremony Saturday night in downtown Hagerstown.

Addie Nardi, the United Way’s resource development director, said she was optimistic that the organization would reach its goal by the Dec. 31 deadline, despite falling $30,000 short of its $1.65 million fundraising goal last year.

“We have a lot of companies that do a lot of work to support our campaign,” she said. “Companies step up to raise money in innovative ways. Each year, they get better and better.”

Nardi said local businesses raise money to give to the United Way to support programs that enhance the education, health and income of the fundraiser’s 40 beneficiaries.

Mooch Mutchler, program manager of Safe Place at 24 N. Walnut St. in Hagerstown, was among 30 people who attended the event at Potomac Walk at 40 S. Potomac St.

He said his organization uses the money it receives from United Way fundraisers to help abused children.

Safe Place received $20,000 last year to purchase a device that takes pictures of children’s injuries, he said. Those images then are used in court to help convict people who abuse children.

“We wouldn’t be able to complete our mission without help from organizations like the United Way,” Mutchler said. “Any funds we can get to help abused kids — we need it.”

Mutchler said he was so grateful to the United Way that Safe Place intends to help with fundraisers in the future.

Jane Barvir, senior membership specialist with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, said her organization also benefits from the United Way’s generosity.

She said GSCNC received about $35,000 last year to help 6,000 girls in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. One thousand of those girls, she said, lived in Washington County.

“We would not be able to do what we do without United Way,” Barvir said. “They have been very supportive for 15 years.”

Barvir said that among other things, GSCNC visits low-income areas to recruit members and offers programs to help young girls. Some of those programs are geared toward boosting literacy and self-esteem, she said. The organization also promotes anti-bullying campaigns.

People who want to donate to the fundraiser may call the United Way of Washington County at 301-739-8200.

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