The United Fund of Warren County on Thursday celebrated surpassing its 2013 Torchlight Campaign goal of $650,000. Executive Director Jim Goodling opened the United Fund's annual Appreciation Luncheon and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn by thanking everyone involved in the campaign, which received $657,688.01 in contributions and pledges.
"Contributor after contributor, business after business, industry after industry did what they know how to do, which is to make sure that the United Fund goal is met," he said. "In many cases we saw increases in giving this year, as people recognize that the needs of Warren County can never be fully met, but that the agencies that make up the United Fund need the support which the campaign provides."
In recognition of the company's commitment to the community, Goodling presented Bingham & Son Lumber Co. with the annual Business Recognition Award.
Times Observer photo by Ben Klein
The United Fund of Warren County celebrated surpassing its 2013 Torchlight Campaign goal of $650,000 with $657,688 in contributions and pledges. United Fund of Warren County Campaign Co-Chairs Barbara Tubbs and Major Ron Starnes thank contributors to the 2013 Torchlight Campaign on Thursday.
Times Observer photo by Ben Klein
The United Fund of Warren County celebrated surpassing its 2013 Torchlight Campaign goal of $650,000 with $657,688 in contributions and pledges. United Fund of Warren County Executive Director Jim Goodling thanks contributors to the 2013 Torchlight Campaign on Thursday.
"They have a long history of giving to the United Fund and, as with many companies, their giving has fluctuated some over the years, but in this past year they made a renewed effort and the company and their employees increased their giving over 2012 by 17 times. That's tremendous," Goodling said. "The United Fund is obviously grateful for every contribution that we get, but when we see such an effort and increased participation we want to recognize that achievement."
"The United Fund Campaign is the largest annual fundraising endeavor in Warren County and the success of the campaign hinges in large measure on the good people like you who step up each year to volunteer your time and your talents for this great cause," campaign co-chair Barbara Tubbs said. "The United Fund really musters the power of our community to advance and maintain these important resources that meet the human needs here in the county. Member agencies touch the lives of a large percentage of citizenry here in the county."
Campaign co-chair Major Ron Starnes of the Salvation Army said the contributions from the community have been "remarkable."
"I come from communities where they can't raise enough funds, ever, because people don't understand, they just don't get it. You get it and because you get it, we benefit. So we thank you so much for all you do for us as the agencies in this great community that we live in," he said.
The Community Spirit Award was presented to the Kiwanis Club of Warren County.
"Every year for at least the past 10 years the Kiwanis Club has made a very generous contribution to the campaign in the name of the club. In that time they have contributed more than $20,000 to the campaigns," Goodling said.
The Special Appreciation Award was given to Mark Silvis of Radio Partners and the Times Observer for coverage of the United Fund Torchlight Campaign.
"I can't tell you how many people came up to me during the campaign and said 'I heard you on the radio, I read about the progress of the campaign in the newspaper.' So it's with deep thanks that I'd like to recognize these media partners," Goodling said.