LOCAL UNITED WAY RAISES MORE THAN $12 MILLION TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY
On: January 16, 2015 Filed Under: Member News
HARRISBURG – (January 15, 2015) – Thanks to the generosity of our local community, United Way of the Capital Region has exceeded its campaign goal of $11,950,000 million by raising $12,020,175. This marks the 18th consecutive year the organization has exceeded its campaign goal. United Way made this announcement tonight at its Celebration Reception at the Hilton in Harrisburg.
“To achieve the $12 million mark speaks volumes about the good people of the Capital Region,” said 2014 Campaign Chair Sharon Ryan, president of Dasher Services, Inc. “People want to make a difference in our community and they see United Way as the way to do it. When we asked for support during this campaign, individuals and companies stepped up to the plate. I couldn’t be more proud of our collective work.”
“Fundraising is never an easy job,” said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “The environment is becoming more challenging as many companies begin to modify their campaigns and approaches to corporate giving.”
“The modern day workplace is changing and we must keep pace,” added Fatzinger. “This is happening at a time when our United Way is putting a stake in the ground to make significant strides in health, education, income and basic needs. We want to engage our entire community around our work and invite everyone to become involved through learning about the issues, giving and volunteering.”
When it comes to giving, United Way’s Pillar Society once again made a tremendous impact on its campaign. Twenty-three organizations are members of the Pillar Society this year and make up 59 percent of the entire campaign. The Pillar Society consists of organizations that contribute $100,000, $500,000 or $1 million or more in combined corporate and employee giving to United Way. Those organizations and their combined contributions to United Way, recorded as of January 15, 2015 are:
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$100,000 Club – (Donating at least $100,000 in employee and corporate giving)
Country Meadows Retirement Communities
Gannett Fleming Affiliates, Inc.
Giant Food Stores and Ahold USA
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Nationwide Mutual Insurance
Naval Support Activity – Mechanicsburg
Penn National Insurance
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine
Reynolds Construction LLC
State Employee Combined Appeal
Three Mile Island Generating Station
$500,000 Club – (Donating at least $500,000 in employee and corporate giving)
The Hershey Company
Rite Aid Corporation
$1 Million Club – (Donating at least $1 million in employee and corporate giving)
Highmark Blue Shield
“Leading the campaign has been the highlight of my volunteer career. I think I had the best job in the world this year,” added Ryan.
At the evening’s reception, the winners of this year’s campaign raffle were selected. This year, donors who gave $156 or more to United Way’s campaign were eligible to win one of four prizes: a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, donated by Sutliff Chevrolet; a $2,000 gift card from Wolf Furniture; a $1,500 getaway courtesy of AAA Central Penn; and $1,500 in groceries donated by Giant Food Stores.
In February, more than 190 community volunteers will help United Way of the Capital Region decide how to best distribute the money it raises. These volunteers will tour agencies, hear presentations, review financial information, evaluate results and make funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors.
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