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July 13, 2014

Roggow to lead United Way campaign

DUNCAN — For the past two years, the United Way of Stephens County made goal.

This year, Lyle Roggow wants to continue the tradition.

Roggow, the president of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, will be the 2014-15 campaign chairman for the United Way of Stephens County. The campaign kicks off Aug. 15 with the second annual follies event.

For the campaign, the goal has been set at $375,000. Roggow said he wants to run the campaign through Jan. 15, 2015. Throughout the campaign, he will work closely with the next United Way of Stephens County executive director Tara Davies, who moved into the position this month.

“The truth is, in our mind, there are certain stages of the campaign,” Roggow said. “The last 30 days should really be spent wrapping up.”

Roggow said the upcoming campaign is important because it provides the local United Way and its 16 partner agencies with the funding needed so they can continue providing services throughout the following year.

He said his primary goal is to put more emphasis on the agencies, which range from Power Shop to Christians Concerned. To put the emphasis where it needs to be, the agencies will provide tours of their facilities.

“Until you do a tour, you don’t really understand what they do,” Roggow said. “When you understand, it pulls right at your heart and you understand what their needs and requests are.”

Of the funds raised by the United Way of Stephens County, 99 percent stays in Stephens County, Roggow said. One percent goes to the national corporate office, but the rest of the funds support the agencies providing the community with help.

Roggow said this year’s campaign is already getting off to a good start because of the people stepping up to make the campaign a reality. He said there have been numerous volunteers helping to get the campaign off the ground.

For instance, Ken Jones is planning the follies event, which will be Aug. 15 at the Simmons Center. Gabe Amaya is working on the campaign video, his third since arriving in Duncan. Haylee Root, last year’s campaign chairwoman, is also working with the incoming loaned executives, who will discuss the campaign with various businesses throughout the county.

This year’s theme is “I Am One,” which is similar to last year’s theme “Be the One.” Roggow said “I Am One” means “I’m one who donates. I’m one of many who give.”

He said he’s excited about the campaign and is ready to work toward the funding goal.

“At least if we achieve our goals, we can help those in need,” Roggow said. “I feel good about how we’re starting out.”

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