United Way closes successful year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley announced Wednesday its annual fundraising campaign exceeded expectations.

The annual campaign raised $2,505,448, exceeding the 2013 goal of $2.5 million.

“Exceeding our campaign goal speaks volumes about the caring and compassionate people who live in the Mahoning Valley,” said Bob Hannon, President of United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “We are very thankful to all our donors who are investing in our community through United Way to help change lives for the better. Our promise is now to make sure we fund programs that create positive lasting change in our community.”

Hannon said most of the funds were raised through workplace payroll deductions.

Becky Wall is the vice president of Dearing Compressor and Pump Company and also happens to be the 2013 campaign chair. She said making the campaign goal this year was a race to the finish, but everyone came through and created a successful campaign.

“I’m proud to say that as a community we were ‘United by Mission and Driven by Impact’ and that helped us cross the finish line. Each year the campaign is different, but as a community of foundations, corporations and donors, our combined gifts continue to improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals in our Valley,” Wall said.

Campaign incentives this year included gifts for donors contributing $156 or more. Each donor qualified for a drawing to win prizes from several area businesses including:

  • AAA
  • Giant Eagle
  • GetGo
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Window World

Rhonda M. Huff of Youngstown and a member of UAW 1112 won the $2,000 travel certificate from AAA. Robert McGaha of Campbell and a member of UAW 1112 won the $1,000 Giant Eagle GetGo Gas Card.

Kevin Shingleton of Canfield and an employee of Ohio Cat Company won the $500 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card.

General Motors also donated a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel to help boost contributions to the campaign. All donors reaching the $156 contribution level from both the Mahoning County and Trumbull County chapters earned a chance to win the new car. Ten finalists, five from each chapter, will have their names placed in the drawing, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown.

The largest gift made by a foundation was from the Frank and Pearl Gelbman Charitable Foundation. The top 20 Combined Corporate Workplace Campaigns were:

  • General Motors Lordstown Complex and UAW 1112 and UAW 1714
  • Home Savings and Loan Company
  • FirstEnergy Corporation and IBEW 1194
  • Hynes Industries, Inc.
  • PNC Bank
  • Altronic, LLC
  • Dearing Compressor and Pump Co.
  • Youngstown State University
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