United Way exceeds $1.1 million fundraising goal

WINCHESTER – The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley surpassed its 2015 fundraising goal of $1.1 million.

Campaign Chair and First Bank CEO Scott Harvard reported the final results at the final public report meeting on Wednesday.

“We established a goal of $1,100,000, which was ambitious and a stretch for us,” he said.

The United Way raised $1,100,649, surpassing their goal by $649.

“Everybody made it happen,” he said.

Those who contributed to the fundraising efforts were 97 businesses and 25 schools who all ran campaigns, and over 4,000 individuals made contributions to the campaign, he said.

“This is a culmination of a lot of hard work,” he said.

Seven out of 10 campaign chairs achieved their goal or surpassed it, and nine out of ten campaign chairs exceeded what they raised for last year’s event, he said.

This year’s campaign began on Sept. 9 and ended on Dec. 31.

By the first public report meeting on Oct. 30, United Way raised $591,961, or 53.8 percent of its goal.

By the second public report meeting on Dec. 4, they raised a total of $814,861, or 74.1 percent of the goal.

The United Way will begin distributing the raised funds in the spring to area nonprofits and agencies who apply for funding with the Impact Grant program.

The United Way Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Lord Fairfax Community College Corron Center.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com