April 10, 2012: Our readers write

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Campaign success belongs to all

The United Way of Central Kentucky’s 2011 campaign concluded at the end of February. Our annual fundraising drive, which began late last summer, yielded some truly fantastic results that would not have been possible without your support. With that said, on behalf of our board of directors and staff, as well as each individual and family impacted by United Way’s work, thank you.

The 2011 campaign goal was $1,025,000, with a previous fund-raising record of $1,013,779 raised in 2007. By setting our goal higher than ever before, we took into consideration two key factors: 1) We understood many of our families, neighbors, coworkers, and friends continue to experience undue hardships. 2) As a part of a tremendously generous and caring community, we were confident that when our fellow residents learned of the unnecessary suffering, they would respond to the challenge.

As an interconnected and interdependent community, helping those in need increases the quality of life for all.

We are very pleased to share with you that because of your incredible generosity and support, our United Way reached new heights by raising $1,031,336; exceeding last year’s total by more than $85,000.

More than 100 companies and organizations offered workplace giving campaigns to their employees with more than half showing increases in total donations. In addition, 24 new companies contributed to our campaign’s success.

Through your financial support, time, talent, as well as your voice, you made the improbable possible. We truly are humbled by the generosity of every individual and corporate donor, with gifts ranging from $1 to $10,000. This success would not have been possible without many wonderful in-kind donations; including airtime from HCEC-TV, WQXE and Brandenburg Telecom, the amazing campaign coverage from The News-Enterprise and raffle items donated by so many local organizations. In the end, everyone’s support added up, resulting in hope and an opportunity for a better tomorrow in our community and region. 

Lastly, thank you for helping make this community one of the best places to live. Our non-profit organizations are the fabric of our existence and your support of United Way helps ensure the strength of our region moving forward. We hope our community will continue to engage in our work, which will create a better, stronger region for all of us to live in.

To join the Live United movement today, call (270) 737-6608 or visit www.united wayck.org.

Marilyn Ford

Campaign Chairwoman

Brian Kerr

Leadership Chairman

Christopher Wilborn

Executive Director, United Way of Central Kentucky