United Way announces fundraising campaign success

WINCHESTER — The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley has announced it raised $1,083,613 last year to support local health and human care services.

At a Friday evening celebration, Campaign Chairman Ron Kaplan told United Way volunteers and other supporters that the money raised through the United Way’s 2014 Capital Campaign met its 12-month goal and exceeded the previous year’s campaign donations.

“It wouldn’t have happened without all of you,” he said.

Funds raised through the campaign will support education, income and health programs around the community.

“There are so many local families that are struggling through this economy,” Kaplan said. “The United Way is helping them in the best way that we know how.”

Though globally the United Way is doing well, he said in the Northern Shenandoah Valley region more help is needed and that the local organization can always use more donations and volunteers.

“The United Way is needed now as much as it ever has been,” he said.

Friday marked the end of the 2014 campaign and the last day of United Way President Joe Shtulman’s 14-year tenure with the organization. Nadine Pottinga was named president and CEO following Shtulman’s announcement of retirement last fall.

“Joe was the engine that drove this campaign,” Kaplan said, asking those assembled to toast to Shtulman’s efforts as president.

During his 14 years, he raised $17 million to help the community, said Scott Harvard, chair of the 2015 Capital Campaign.

Harvard plans to begin putting a cabinet of campaign volunteers together during the next several months.

“Listening to Scott, I have no doubt that the campaign’s in good hands,” Kaplan told those assembled. “You’ll have a very successful 2015 campaign.”

“Thank you all for a good year,” he said. “Thank you for a successful campaign.”

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com