Friday, October 27, 2000

Area United Way tops goal with $60 million

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Greater Cincinnati United Way exceeded its goal and raised more than $60 million in its 2000 fund-raising campaign, officials announced Thursday.

        The nonprofit organization raised $60,006,513, exceeding the goal of $59,606,513 by $400,000. The final amount is a 3.3 percent increase over the $58.1 million raised last year.

        “This is a wonderful achievement for our community,” said Barbara Stonebraker, senior vice president of Cincinnati Bell and chairwoman of this year's campaign.

        “It demonstrates clearly the overwhelming generosity of people, companies and foundations in our community and the commitment we all have to the well-being of families, children and individ uals who need assistance.”

        The final tally was announced to a crowd at Music Hall Thursday afternoon in an event sponsored by Cincinnati Bell.

This year, 400 new campaigns were added.

        The three geographic areas — Northern Kentucky, Middletown and Clermont/Brown counties — included in the campaign all surpassed their goals, and combined to contribute more than $7.2 million to the end result.

        “While we are celebrating a wonderful total today, there is still much to be done,” Ms. Stonebraker said. “It's essential that those campaigns still in progress finish as quickly as possible so we can wrap up the campaign completely.”


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