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United Way sets 380K goal
July 25, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - United Way of Western Nebraska campaign co-chairs Danielle Wondercheck (left) and Susan Wiedeman go over their notes prior to the announcement of United Way’s new campaign.

With the theme “Building a Stronger Community,” United Way of Western Nebraska has officially announced their 2013-2014 fundraising campaign and set the goal at an ambitious $380,000.
Last year, the agency exceeded their $360,000 goal by raising $429,000 while supporting 20 member agencies. This year, they will support 24 agencies.

“Our special events committee did a super job last year,” said campaign co-chair Susan Wiedeman. “They sold out for the Duck Dash and the Pacesetters all came through at or above their assigned goals.”

Much of the fundraising efforts are generated by 22 Pacesetter businesses and 15 loaned executives to help with the campaign.
“Pacesetter businesses have their own in-house campaigns and we’re so thankful they agree to loan us their executives to help,” said United Way Executive Director Stephanie Black. “Last year alone, they raised almost $223,000 for the campaign.”

Two special events have already happened for this current campaign – the golf tournament and the recent 5K Color Dash, which brought in 1,000 participants.

“We originally thought that 500 participants would be a decent goal for the Color Dash,” said special events co-chair Brady Shaul. “It was amazing to have 1,000 people show up, so we’re setting our sights high for next year.”

The third main special event is coming up on Sept. 14 – the annual Duck Dash in the North Platte River. The kickoff announcement for the event will take place during the Scotts Bluff County Fair, when ducks will be available for purchase. The grand prize will be a new Chevrolet Camero from TEAM Chevrolet.

Agencies supported by the United Way include: Assets Building Choices – CAPWN, Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America, Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, CAPstone, Carpenter Center,

CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Cirrus House, Inc. – Transitional Age Program, Community Ever Green House – CAPWN, The Diaper Depot, Disability Rights Nebraska, DOVES, Foster Grandparent Program –

Foster Grandparent Program – NCAP, Gering Multi-Purpose
Senior Citizen Center, Guadalupe Center, Legal Aid of Nebraska, Monument Valley Connections, Panhandle Humane Society, Panhandle Independent Living Services, Riverside Discovery Center – Education Outreach, Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Scottsbluff Senior Center, Camp Scott Summer Program for Handicapped Children and

Western Nebraska Child Development Center – CAPWN.
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