Sunday, October 24, 1999

United Way push near 75%


Campaign heads into final week

BY MARK CURNUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        United Way's 1999 Cincinnati- area drive has reached 74 percent as it heads into its final week.

        “Now is the time for companies and individuals who haven't yet contributed to make one of the most important decisions they'll make all year,” said campaign Chairman George Schaefer, president and chief executive officer of Fifth Third Bank.

        “Every dollar given plays a critical role in strengthening the lives of people in our community.”

        The tally stands at $42.8 million of the $58.1 million goal.

        A record $54 million was raised last year.

        The campaign will end Thursdaywith an free event at Music Hall, 1241 Elm St. Fifth Third Bank is host for the event, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. Those planning to attend should call 762-7178.

        The United Way will hold its second annual corporate challenge 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run-walk at 9 a.m. today at Union Terminal. Registration, which will begin at 8 a.m., is $13. A dozen companies have entered two- and four-member teams.

        The local United Way provides money for programs that reach one in three people and are operated by 170 social service agencies in seven counties — Hamilton, Clermont, Brown and part of Butler counties in Ohio; and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky.

       



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