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October 3, 2013

United Way reaches 25 percent of goal

DUNCAN — The United Way of Stephens County is already at 25 percent of its goal, and the non-profit organization hopes to meet its goal of $350,000 to better serve its 16 charitable agencies.

During Wednesday’s Duncan Rotary Club meeting, Haylee Root, campaign chairwoman, talked about the 2013-14 campaign and provided an update on how much money has been raised so far.

“More than 99 percent of the money raised stays in Stephens County,” Root said about the fundraising goal.

The campaign has already raised more than $85,000. The money will be divided among the 16 partner agencies. The more money raised, the more money that can be given to the agencies.

In all, the agencies help about 16,000 in Stephens County each year. Root said the campaign is really about raising funds for those agencies so they can help even more people for the upcoming year.

“One thing that was important to me was that the United Way was represented by its agencies,” Root said about the campaign.

The United Way started its fundraising efforts about two months earlier for this campaign than in previous years. The kickoff was a follies event, which served as the first fundraiser of the campaign and featured the talents of Stephens County residents.

The follies event also highlighted each of the agencies partnered with the United Way. Those agencies include Christian Family Counseling Center, Christians Concerned, Douglass Eastside Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, First Christian Church Daycare and Learning Center, Gabriel’s House, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Heartline (211), Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Marlow Samaritans, Power Shop, Women’s Haven, and Youth Services for Stephens County.

Root, who does media relations for Duncan Regional Hospital, said it wasn’t until she started working for the hospital three years ago that she got a better understanding of what United Way is and that the majority of the funds raised locally actually help local people.

She said it’s important to her to help people understand how significant United Way of Stephens County is for the local community.

“It’s an exciting year,” Root said.

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