Scott Bauer, United Way of Story County (UWSC) 2013 LIVE UNITED campaign chair, announced $1,905,388 has been raised through the annual campaign, an amount which is $55,000 over goal and $100,000 more than last year, setting a new record. Roland/Story City also set a new campaign record, raising $66,345, an amount which is more than $7,800 over goal. The announcement was made at the Campaign Celebration on Thursday, December 13.
Bauer thanked everyone for a successful campaign. "The generosity of those who work and live in Story County is evident from this announcement," said Bauer. "Special thanks to the many organizations and volunteers who made this possible. Gifts of all sizes truly do make a difference. Each person doing what they can to help others is what it means to LIVE UNITED."
UWSC donors support initiatives that meet the needs for more than 30,000 people in Story County in the areas of education, income and health.
President and CEO Jean Kresse also expressed gratitude. "Thank you for giving, advocating and volunteering so that our community can continue to LIVE UNITED."
Division volunteers brought in record numbers at many businesses, on campus, with retiree groups and community campaigns. More than 200 volunteers were actively involved with the campaign. The Roland/Story City campaign was led by the 2013 Roland/Story City Campaign Cabinet, which included: Jenny Benedict, Shannon Bryan (co-chair), Sue Ernest, Brandon Geise, David and Mary Loupee, Valaree Muhlenberg, Rick Schreier, Joann Shelton, Veronica Vaughn, Daren Westercamp (co-chair) and Brian Wilson.
John Kinley, 2013 Leadership Chair, was introduced as the 2014 Campaign Chair along with Jonathan Wickert as the 2014 Leadership Chair.
Photo: ChildServe helped reveal the record-breaking total.
UWSC is a strategic leader in building countywide partnerships to identify needs and to develop, support and evaluate effective human services, especially in the areas of education, income and health, for our diverse community.