December 11, 2008

United Way campaign tops $5 million again

Catherine Powell, campaign chair, accepts congratulations from Dave Maurer

For the second year in a row, the United Way of Racine County raised more than $5 million.

Roma Lodge was the setting Thursday where more than 300 people helped celebrate the official conclusion of the 2008 campaign with a total of $5,007,000 raised.

Catherine Powell, corporate counsel of Modine Manufacturing led this year’s campaign with the help of more than 20 community leaders in her campaign cabinet and eight loaned employees. In addition, hundreds of people volunteered in their workplace campaigns throughout the county.

Though the campaign fell short of last year’s record $5.1 million and this year's goal of $5.4 million, Powell was grateful for the generosity shown by the community. “We worked hard in reaching out to the community and their response, in spite of the economy, was once again tremendous. We commend the communities of Racine County for stepping up, giving so generously and providing opportunities for a better life for all.”

Theresa Barreto, a recipient of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program, which uses a family-based approach to strengthen parent-child relationships, shares her success story at United Way's victory celebration

“The community has shown that the new United Way message, LIVE UNITED, is truly being embraced by the people of Racine,” said Rod French, emcee of the Victory Celebration and longtime United Way volunteer. “Tonight we heard stories of local people who give of their time, talent and treasure and from people who benefit from United Way programs. They exemplify the thousands of people who share a common goal with United Way to provide the building blocks of a good life to all people of Racine County. United Way is the organization that leads the community in advancing the common good.”

Dave Maurer, executive director of United Way said, “We are a generous and a resilient community. While it would have been wonderful to have met our ambitious goal, we are deeply appreciative of the hard work of so many volunteers and the generosity of thousands of people.”

More than 340 companies and an estimated 12,000 individuals throughout Racine County have contributed to the 2008 campaign thus far. There is still time for people to give and a few campaigns are scheduled to run after the Holidays.

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