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January 5, 2014

Funding United Way remains a big target

DUNCAN — There is an air of excitement within the offices of the United Way of Stephens County. The fundraising goal of $350,000 is within reach.

Officials of the 2013-14 campaign reported last week contributions have topped the 95 percent mark. That means more than $332,500 has been raised.

That makes it easy to congratulate Lauren Ellis, executive director of the organization that serves 16 agencies in Stephens County, and Haylee Root, who has chaired this year’s aggressive and solid campaign work that embraces a theme, “Be the 1! Enabling 16 to support 16,000.”

But it also raises a critical point.

While ahead of schedule compared to recent years, the job is not finished. An additional $17,500 is needed and if even more monies are raised, they can be used to provide services and meet the needs of those volunteer-led agencies, aiding a help-centered group started in 1954 when T.H. McCasland Sr. and Eric Murray led a move to consolidate local giving efforts for maximum benefit.

If your business or company still has unfinished United Way business, now is the time to finish the job. If you or your family wants to help make a difference, the opportunity remains.

Send a check to the United Way of Stephens County office at 12 South 8th Street, Suite 9 or call 255-3648.

And do it now.

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