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United Way exceeds campaign goal
March 13, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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About a year ago, United Way of Western Nebraska set an ambitious goal of $374,000 for its 2015-2016 campaign. Once the numbers were crunched, the campaign had blown through that number and then some.

At their March 3 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, campaign chair Monica Bartling and Doug Mader announced the campaign had reached $383,866.51.

“We had 21 Pacesetter businesses help us out this year,” Bartling said. “A big success story was Vertex, who came in $7,000 over what they pledged they’d do. We also added SWBC and the City of Gering, who came on board for the first time.”

Mader said exceeding their goal by a substantial amount would only have been possible by generosity of the community. “There seems to be a fundraising cause about every weekend and the people step up to support them all,” he said. “If everyone gives a little, no one had to give a lot. Even small donations add up over time.”

Many other businesses helped the campaign with special events, like the Nachos Navidad promotion at Taco Johns and donations from sales at Sam and Louie’s Pizzeria, along with events at The Roots and UPS, to name just a few.

The application deadline for United Way funding for the 2016-2017 campaign has passed. Board members are currently meeting with applicants and will make funding recommendations during their May meeting United Way has scheduled a number of fun-filled fundraisers during the year where the public can get involved. The season starts on Saturday, May 21 with the annual Color Dash, a 5K fun run/walk through Gering where participants get doused in bio-degradable paint.

June 6 has been set for the United Way Golf Tournament and the final event is on July 30 – the ever-popular Rubber Duck Dash down the North Platte River.

All events are still in the planning stages and people can get information by calling the United Way offices at 308-635-2522.
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