Centre County United Way Surpasses Annual Fundraising Goal
February 11, 2014 6:50 AM
by Steve Bauer
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Supporters of the Centre County United Way are flying high now that the organization's annual fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal.

The campaign, which began eight months ago, collected $2,149,146. That's nearly $50,000 more than the goal set last summer.

Nick Lingenfelter, a member of the United Way's board of directors, credits a team of hard working volunteers.

In a news release Lingenfelter says, "Our results are outstanding and it is thanks to the generous individuals, businesses and organizations in Centre County who believe in our partner agencies and the impact they have in Centre County."

The fundraising campaign began with 33 area "Pacesetter" companies holding employee campaigns last June. That effort raised $530,096.

Penn State employees also came through in a big way. The Penn State Campaign raised $845,295, which amounts to 39 percent of the campaign total. The university holds a number of fundraising events including the popular Trash to Treasure sale. Workers also contribute through payroll deductions.

The money that's raised helps support 34 partner agencies which operate across Centre County. That number includes the State College Food Bank, Youth Services Bureau, Strawberry Fields and the YMCA of Centre County.

The United Way's Executive Director, Tammy Gentzel says she is delighted. "I am thrilled by what our volunteers and donors accomplished," she says. "I was confident we could reach the goal; surpassing it is icing on the cake."

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