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United Way exceeds goal for 2013 campaign

The Unicoi County United Way announced they exceed their 2013 campaign goal of $100,000 at their annual Victory Luncheon held at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center on Wednesday.
The campaign generated a total of $134,768, which is $7,841 more than last year, said Lee Brown, United Way chairman.
“In addition to our 2013 budget we were able to provide an additional $41,000 for nine additional organizations,” Brown said. “We funded that $41,000 out of our contingency fund.”
Funds are to be donated to Larry Rose for the Imagination Library, Betsy Pitcock for Habitat for Humanity, Denise Brown for the Board of Education Discretionary Fund, Andie Talbert for the Erwin Utilities Good Samaritan Program, Judy Ayers for the Unicoi County Gas Utility District “Keep Warm” Program, Joe Ebarb for the Unicoi County YMCA, Charlene O’Dell for the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center, Angie Georgeff for the Col. J.F. Toney Memorial Library and Bill Gaines for the Kiwanis Foundation for Children’s Shopping Tour.
Brown said he is proud of the community for pulling together to always exceed the campaign goals set each year.
“It’s phenomenal,” Brown said. “The pledges and donations are just a testament to our community and their willingness to give and their kind hearts. They give back and support our community. It’s always a great day when we meet our goal, but it’s even more special when we exceed it.”
The 2012 United Way campaign goal was $95,000 and the organization received a total of $126,927.
An annual poster contest sponsored by the United Way also came to a conclusion at the luncheon. Unicoi County students from all schools were given the opportunity to create posters that demonstrate the ways the United Way help various organizations in the community.
“They try to translate what United Way does for organizations in community,” said United Way volunteer Lynnsey Lewis. “It’s to get them involved. Since they are our future, it’s beneficial for them to know and understand how much the United Way does for Unicoi County.”
Each participant had their artwork displayed at the luncheon and were awarded a cash prizes of $35 for first place, $20 for second place and $10 for third place.
Also at the luncheon, Susan Chambers was also recognized with a plaque for her several years of contributions and dedication to the United Way Board.

By Kayla Carter
Staff Writer
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