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United Way campaign off to positive start

Pacesetter companies push organization toward ambitious goal

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Logan County United Way Director Jim Donnelly speaks as musical guest Rick Donley of the band Pegasus and United Way campaign chairwoman Tara Wagner look on at the annual campaign kickoff on Thursday (EXAMINER PHOTO/REUBEN MEES)

The United Way of Logan County has set one of its most ambitious goals in years and is well on its way to meeting that goal, campaign organizers said at Thursday’s kickoff event.

“As you can see, we are well on our way to meeting this year’s 2013 campaign goal for Logan County United Way of $700,000,” campaign chairwoman Tara Wagner said after eight of 10 Pacesetter companies announced their to-date campaign totals.

Local United Way executive director Jim Donnelly reported that the organization has raised a total of $184,354, which is 26 percent of the goal and slightly ahead of last year’s results.

The goal is slightly more than 5 percent higher than the $663,401 raised during last year’s campaign.

In coming weeks additional businesses, city and county school systems and the city and county government offices will join the Pacesetters and manage their internal campaigns. The overall campaign is expected to conclude in January, Ms. Wagner said.

Pacesetter companies

Belletech Corporation    $23,328

Honda Transmission Mfg.    $64,480

Logan County Board of DD    $6,784

Logan County Electric Cooperative    $3,750

Mary Rutan Hospital and Logan View    $29,000*

Nash Finch Company    $15,732

NetGain Information Systems    $10,500

Precision Custom Products    $20,000*

Steve Austin’s Auto Group    $3,500*

World Class Plastics    $7,280           

*current estimates


During her remarks, she stressed the role the organization plays in helping communities through 22 partner agencies.

“I’m very excited to serve as the Logan County United Way Campaign Chair and have the opportunity to play a role in bringing people and organizations together to make a positive impact on Logan County,” Ms. Wagner said. “We all work, live and raise our families in this fabulous community and United Way is working to ensure that our future is even brighter.

“Our objective at United Way is simple — to improve the lives of Logan County residents. United Way works collectively with businesses, individuals and government entities to solve our community's most pressing issues. We do this by supporting programs that address the building blocks of self-sufficiency — education, income and health.”

Mr. Donnelly said in addition to businesses, the organization will work to solicit donations from retirees as well.

“A mass mailing campaign will begin next week to all retirees within Logan County ...

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