published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
United Way starts 25th anniversary fundraiser drive
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING - The United Way of Central Florida, Highlands County Division held their 2013 Campaign Kickoff and Leadership Giving Reception Tuesday. Close to 100 local business leaders and agency representatives attend.
Alan Jay Wildstein hosted the event at his home along with Chicanes Restaurant, which co-sponsored the food and refreshments.
Dusty Johnson, the 2013 Advisory Board chairman, announced this year's pacesetter companies have already pledged $96,132 so far for the 2013 campaign. These businesses and organizations offer to run their workplace campaign before the campaign officially starts which offers the United Way a good indication on how the campaign will perform.
This data is analyzed along with the experience from the pacesetters to develop strategies on how to strengthen the campaign so that the United Way can maximize funding for its partner agencies.
The United Way would like to thank the following organizations for participating with these preliminary results: CliftonLarsonAllen, $6,140; Heacock Insurance, $8,500; Heartland National Bank, $11,437; Highlands Independent Bank, $13,569; Florida Hospital Heartland Division, $21,689; Lykes Bros. Inc., $17,178; South Florida State College, $14,415; Ridge Area Arc, $3,202.
Highlands County also had 63 Leadership Givers who gave to $1,00 or more to the United Way last year.
United Way of Central Florida and the Highlands County Division raised $88,000 for its first campaign when it was formed in 1988. They have since grown to raising $450,000 in 2012. And while celebrating its 25th anniversary for the 2013 campaign, they hope to increase donations to $475,000.
"We need your help in making this year a huge success. I encourage each of you to go back to your offices tomorrow and get your staff fired up about the extraordinary work United Way does for our community. By all of us working together, United Way can change the lives of people right here in Highlands County," Johnson said.
United Way in Highlands County provides funding for 22 programs at 17 non profit agencies in the community.
If you would like to donate or would like to have United Way come to your workplace, please contact Highlands County Director Kristin Handley at 453-3401 or kristin.handley@ uwcf.org/.
(by: Blindman~ - 9/17/2013)
HIB 13.5? Are y'all sure that's enough? Raises one eyebrow...
United Way (by: Nuna D'abuv - 9/15/2013)
Maybe they should throw a kegger at the circle?
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