LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Recent heavy rains did not dampen the spirit of Angelina County United Way staff and volunteers as they celebrated another milestone in this year's campaign drive.
Division chairs were elated when they reported 64% of the campaign goal had been reached, bringing a broad smile to the face of Campaign Chairman Jay Jackson. "This puts us in a perfect position as we start focusing on wrapping up the campaign," Jackson said. "We're getting out the rally towels and encouraging everyone to continue working hard to get us to our goal. We have a great staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly on this campaign. Combined that with a very supportive community and we've got the perfect winning combination. I thank everyone in advance for their hard work."
Several campaign divisions have topped 100%. The Insurance Division, chaired by John Strain, once again this year has the honor of being the first to reach its division goal. This week the Insurance division total is 115%, or $10,339. Zavalla, chaired by David Flowers, is also sitting at the finish line this week having raised 131% of its goal and counting, and joining the 100% club this week is the Lufkin State School chaired by Lynn Hopper.
Other divisions are closing in on the 100% mark like Lufkin Independent School District, chaired by Johnny Giles, with 98%, the Dentists Division, chaired by Dr. Taylor McKewen, is at 94%, Hudson, chaired by Ann Phillips and Joe McCleskey, is at 91%, and Central/Pollok, chaired by Keith Spencer, is at 92%.
Other Division totals so far to date:
Industrial (43%), Diboll (68%), Large Employers (80%), General Solicitations (83%), Physicians (5%), Press (69%), Attorneys (79%), Huntington (14%), Angelina College (52%), Dentists (94%), Realtors (69%), Automobiles (55%).
In 1887, a Denver priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city's welfare problems. Over 118 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people's lives.
In Angelina County, the United Way touches 23 local agencies, that in turn help thousands of local residents. In order to fund these agencies, the United Way holds a fundraiser each year. This year's goal is to raise $525,000. All of the money raised in Angelina County stays in Angelina County.
The United Way staff and volunteers are hopeful that the community will follow its tradition and continue to give generously.