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Centre County United Way Campaign Surpasses Goal

by on February 12, 2018 8:00 PM

Centre County United Way's 2017 campaign raised $1,857,893, exceeding the campaign's goal by more than $57,000.

About 200 people gathered Monday night at The Match Factory in Bellefonte to learn and celebrate the results, which were revealed by campaign co-chairs Fran Stevenson and Chris Hosterman.

Executive Director Tammy Gentzel said she was excited about the total.

“We took a different approach this year in setting the $1,800,000 goal," Gentzel said. "We focused on what we believed the community could contribute and they went beyond our expectations. While we are so grateful and blessed, we need to continue to raise more money in order to fully fund the partner network programs.”

CCUW staff members were joined by board members, partner agencies, volunteers and Penn State campaign representatives for the celebration.

Penn State's campaign raised about 40 percent of the total with $732,771, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business David Gray said.

CCUW will begin the process of allocating the money raised to partner agencies in March. 

Community volunteers serve on panels of six that visit with agencies and learn about the services they provide to the community, their finances and the outcomes being measured. Each panel makes recommendations for the level of funding the programs should receive, which are then presented to the CCUW board for approval. 

“This is an excellent way to learn more about our community and the programs funded by CCUW,” said Hugh Mose, CCUW board chair. “I encourage everyone to participate in the funds distribution process and to Live United.”

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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