Pledges still coming in as UW campaign nears goal
Incoming pledges continue to bring this year’s Harrison County United Way campaign closer to the goal set by the co-chairs as they prepare for next week’s Victory Celebration.
‘We would like to have everything in by Dec. 8,’ said David Whittington, who chairs the campaign with Michael Wiseman.
Whittington, the Tyson Foods complex manager in Corydon, said Monday that the campaign is at about 93 percent of its goal of $392,000.
‘We feel good that we can surpass’ last year’s goal of $367,000, he said. ‘If we do, that will be the most since 2001.’
The grand total for 2004 will be announced during the Victory Celebration Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.
Harrison County United Way contributions help fund 11 programs in 10 agencies in the county, touching the lives of two out of three people in the community.
Whittington and Wiseman credited the Campaign Cabinet with the success to date in 2004. Cabinet members are Katie Butt, Bruce Fry, Dr. John Gonzaba, Don Gossman, David Lett, Barbara Middleton, Carole Shields, Bill Taylor, Tom Tucker and Sam Uhl.
‘They kind of raised the level of enthusiasm this year,’ said Whittington, who served on the campaign cabinet last year and is a member of the Metro United Way Advisory Board.
Wiseman, who will be next year’s chair with a yet-to-be-named co-chair or vice chair, gave Whittington the credit.
‘David assembled a pretty good team,’ said Wiseman, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Community First Bank in Corydon. He is also a member of Metro United Way’s Community Solutions Committee.
‘There was enough old blood that knew what they were doing and a mix of new blood to bring new ideas to the group,’ he said.
Wiseman said he thinks there have been more employee campaigns this year than the past few years.
‘We’ve added some new businesses,’ he said.
And many pledges came in following the Nov. 2 General Election, Whittington said.
‘Prior to the election, there was a period of uncertainty, with regard to where the economy was going to go,’ he said. ‘We’ve seen more positive gain after the election.’
Contributions to United Way will be accepted after next Wednesday, but they won’t be included in the grand total announced at the Victory Celebration.