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72 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 United Way of Delaware's (UWD) 2005 Campaign Chair Orlando J. George Jr president of Delaware Tech, announced recently that UWD has raised $24.9 million toward its annual fundraising goal, of $25.7 mil- lion. The challenging campaign, originally scheduled to end on Jan. 25, was extended after George and his volunteer cam- paign cabinet decided to spear- head a second effort to reach the full-year goal. The three-week extended campaign helped stimu- late several companies and indi- viduals in Delaware to raise addi- tional funds, which will help min- imize the impact of the goal short- fall on local health and human service agencies. "Going into this campaign, we knew we faced significant chal- lenges, including uncertainty within our local workforce and the enormous public response to the tragic, natural disasters our country faced last year. We set our goal accordingly, but the strain on our community was great this year," said George "We appreciate the overwhelm- ing generosity of Delawareans. Even though we fell slightly short of our goal, the second effort campaign helped tremendously to reduce the shortfaU's impact on our community's critical social service agencies." George also celebrated the gen- eral fundraising campaign's many successes throughout the state, including $500,000 raised by new companies, double-digit increases among public sector employees, and the fact that United Way's member agencies' campaign goal was exceeded. "Our member agencies and other area nonprofits are under a real strain this year," said George. "United Way depends on the col- lective generosity of Delawareans to meet our community's critical needs, and we are so grateful that our donors rose to the challenge again this year." "We should be proud of what we were able to ficcomplish in this very difficult economic year," said Drew Langloh, UWD presi- dent and chief professional offi- cer. "It was by far One of the toughest fundraising environ- ments we've faced in many years. There are so many people in our state that need our help, and the efforts of our donors and volun- teers will make a real difference in the lives of those who need help most." George joined ~vith UWD vol- unteers, staff, and local supporters for the campaign close events, which were held on Delaware Tech campuses in each of Delaware's three counties. The events also featured testimonial speakers from United Way mem- ber agencies: Sussex County - Nicole Keller, clinical director, Delaware Guidance Services for Submitted photos Above right, Nicole Keller of Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Families speaks about the agency's mission at the Sussex County event. Above, John and Cathy Burris of Burris Logistics, newly appointed chairs for the 2006 fundraising campaign, share their vision for next year. Children and Youth; Kent County - AI Snyder, executive director, Children and Families First; and Paulette Austin, executive direc- tor, Generations Home Care. The three joined with UWD leaders to show their gratitude to the com- munity for their generous finan- cial support of Delaware's most critical needs. UWD's annual campaign is supported by tens of thousands of individuals, including employee donors at nearly 1,000 Delaware workplaces. Thanks to their gen- erosity, UWD invests millions each year in programs and servic- es aimed at addressing the most critical needs in our state, such as infant mortality, child abuse and neglect, mental illness, substance abuse, h0melessness, and many more. For more information, contact United Way of Delaware at (302) 573-3700 or visit ?ch'bratilt? 1.5 32'ars o c Soft'ice llllll YOUR HAIR IS NOT BECOMING TO YOU YOU SHOULD BE COMING TO SALON MILTON Member F:DIC :~ii!iiiiii~:i'i~i~ili~~: Call or-visit one of our branches todayl o~ - Lon~ Neck "M21gO~ 226-9800 947-7300 424-2500 o Seaford "~ -, mym 628-44(~ 537-0900 855-2000 - ~urel Lewes -Milton 877-5000 . 645-8880 684-2300 www. ountybankdol.Gom