United Way more than halfway through campaign goal

WINCHESTER – The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is more than halfway toward its $1.1 million campaign goal.

Mark Merrill, president and CEO of Valley Health and this year’s chair of United Way, said that as of Oct. 28, United Way is $641,031, or 58.3 percent, toward the $1.1 million goal. The goal is composed of a $1,050,000 United Way campaign goal and a $50,000 goal for the Combined Federal Campaign.

He added that the campaign will conclude on Dec. 31.

Heather Forman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club in Winchester, said her organization is one of the many groups in the area that receive support and funding from the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

“Without the United Way there would be no Boys and Girls Club in Winchester,” she said. “Together, united we can make an impact everyday.”

At the first public report of United Way’s campaign goal, division leaders reported on how much their division has raised to date.

In the Top 20 division, Susan Brooks, of Navy Federal Credit Union, said her division is at $400,741, or 69.6 percent, toward their $575,500 goal. This division represents the largest contributors to United Way.

In the Major Firms division, Chris Rucker, of Valley Health, said his division is at $44,262, or 41.6 percent, toward their $106,500 campaign goal for 2016.

In the Commerce/Small Business Division, Lori Fountain Bales, of Your Healthy Side,  said her division is at $14,775, or 34.8 percent, into their $42,500 campaign goal.

“United Way is absolutely supporting health and wellness in our community,” she said.

For the Public Service division, Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher, of the Winchester City Police Departmen, said his division is at $10,512, or 41.2 percent, toward their goal of $25,500.

Merrill presented the results of the Education division and said the division is at $30,331, or 42.1 percent, toward their $72,000 goal.

In the Individual Gifts division, Dick Kent, of Signet Screen Printing, said his division is at  $42,694, or 56.5 percent, into their $75,500 goal.

Damon DeArment, of Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics, presented for the Professionals division and said they are $23,829, or 56.1 percent, toward their $75,500 goal.

In the Combined Federal Campaign, Ralph Hensley, of the Army Corp of Engineers, said they are $10,533, or 21.1 percent, into their $50,000 goal.

He said the Combined Federal Campaign reaches from Winchester to Harrisonburg with about 18 federal agencies in the valley.

Lee Leonard, of First Bank, recapped the Day of Caring and Special Events division results to date.

He said this year’s Day of Caring was “very successful” and raised $172,040 for the community with a record 935 volunteers for 80 local teams that completed 103 projects.

He added that they are at $58,354, or 68.7 percent, into their $85,000 goal.

Merrill added that this year marks the 70th anniversary of United Way in this community and said he hopes for many more years to come.

He also presented the achiever awards for the organizations that have seen a more than 10 percent increase from the previous year.

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