LETTER: United Way surpasses goal

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 United Way of Central Kentucky's 2011 Campaign, which funds nonprofits in Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Meade and LaRue Counties, concluded in  February. Our annual fundraising drive, which began late last summer, yielded some truly fantastic results that would not have been possible without your support. With that said, on behalf of our board of directors and staff, as well as each individual and family impacted by United Way's work, thank you.

The 2011 Campaign goal was $1,025,000, with a previous fundraising record of $1,013,779 raised in 2007. By setting our goal higher than ever before, we took into consideration two key factors: 1) We understood that many of our families, neighbors, coworkers and friends continue to experience undue hardships. 2) As a part of a tremendously generous and caring community, we were confident that when our fellow citizens learned of the unnecessary suffering, they would respond to the challenge. As an interconnected and interdependent community, helping those in need increases the quality of life for all.

We are very pleased to share with you that because of your incredible generosity and support, our United Way reached new heights by raising $1,031,336; exceeding last year's total by more than $85,000. More than 100 companies and organizations offered workplace giving campaigns to their employees, with more than half showing increases in total donations. In addition, 24 new companies contributed to our campaign's success.

Through your financial support, time, talent, as well as your voice, you made the improbable possible. We are truly humbled by the generosity of every individual and corporate donor, with gifts ranging from gifts of $1 to $10,000. Furthermore, this success would not have been possible without many wonderful in kind donations; including airtime from HCEC-TV, WQXE and Brandenburg Telecom, coverage from The LaRue County Herald Newsand raffle items donated by so many local organizations. In the end, everyone's support added up, resulting in hope and an opportunity for a better tomorrow in our community and region.

Lastly, thank you for helping make this community one of the best places to live. Our non-profit organizations are the fabric of our existence, and your support of United Way helps ensure the strength of our region moving forward. As United Way of Central Kentucky embarks on our 10th anniversary of what we call “Building Brighter Futures, a Decade of Difference,” we hope that our community will continue to engage in our work; which will create a better, stronger region for all of us to live in.  To join the Live United movement today, call 270-737-6608.

Marilyn Ford, Campaign Chair

Brian Kerr, Leadership Chair

Christopher Wilborn, Executive Director