Members of this year’s United Way Board of Directors are, in the front row, from left, Kay Dugas, Karen Seibert, Kristen Huff, Kathi Keefe, and Steve Franko. In the back Row are Mike Dickinson, Rick Huffsmith, Darren Maria, John Keefe, and Alan Dakey. STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
The Wyoming County United Way topped its $550,000 goal in a big way and had a mini celebration last Tuesday (Jan. 14) evening to celebrate it.
Ten individuals had been selected out of the pool of persons who pledged more than $104 to the United Way to get a chance to win a 2014 Chevy Cruze donated by Sherwood Chevrolet Buick GMC.
The only trick was the person’s name selected out of a box had to pick two envelopes that each had the lucky note inside, that “You are a winner.”
James Smith’s name was drawn out of a pool of 10 finalists and he went up front to draw envelopes from Kathi Keefe.
When she opened the first envelope, it noted, he was not a winner.
Just for fun, they opened the secod envelope he chose, and it had the same result.
The big winner of the day was Wyoming County as it was noted a record $638,419 had been raised.
United Way’s fundraising efforts will benefit more than 23 health and human service community partners in Wyoming County.
United Way president John Keefe said a major reason for the fundraising success was United Way Executive Director Kristen Huff, who blushed at the thought.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am that we had another successful year,” Huff said. “This community is truly generous and compassionate.”
Three companies were also recognized for going above and beyond in their United Way fundraising efforts.
Procter & Gamble had a record-breaking year in their employee campaign raising $500,683 for the local United Ways. Wyoming County received the largest portion of the employee campaign which was a total of $208,037. Procter & Gamble also gave great corporate support by donating $55,000 to this year’s campaign and donated $400 in free products to be used as a campaign incentive.
Southwestern Energy hosted the Marcellus Open Golf Tournament this year, which raised $71,145. A sporting clays benefit also raised $46,455 for Wyoming County United Way and local fire companies.
Williams also held a Marcellus Barbecue Cookoff which brought in $32,000.
Huff noted that Steve Franko, who is on the United Way board, will be serving as the 2014 Campaign chair.
To find out more information about the Wyoming County United Way, you can visit their web site at www.wyomingcountyunitedway.com or call the office at 570-836-1661.