United Way Hits 29 Percent of Goal
The United Way of Moore County has reached nearly 29 percent of its goal. Organ-izers are confident they'll make their goal.
So far, the United Way has brought in $179,278 with fundraisers and events such as its golf tournament. Its goal is $625,000.
"We're excited about this year's campaign," said Linda Pearson, executive director.
However, Pearson said that the United Way is on the same track as it was last year when it fell short of its goal. Giving to victims of Hurricane Katrina was said to have hurt United Way fundraising last year. This year there is no such disaster.
The United Way has the same goal that it had last year. It fell short by $23,000 last year.
Kim Gilley, owner of the Village Printers in Pinehurst and the United Way campaign chairwoman this year, said some significant givers still haven't come in yet.
"I really still feel that we will make our goal this year," she said.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas is going to have its fundraising day Friday -- the 13th.
"We've been saying that if you don't donate, bad things will happen to you," Gilley said.
Sandhills Community College will have its fundraising day on Oct. 17.
There are still some large contributors yet to come in. The community has come up big.
"We're so very encouraged with all the response," Gilley said.
Pearson said that the "Dining and Dollars" push is coming up and there will be other fundraisers in the works before the campaign wraps up with the Cornerstone Award banquet in February.
"We've still got a lot to do this campaign," Pearson said.
She asked that the community dig deep and recall that though there are no large disasters to help with in other states or nations, this is an opportunity to give close to home.
Said Gilley: "Lots of dollars go further than just one."
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