Angelina Co United Way soars to a goal breaking finish

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's official.  The Angelina County United Way campaign has successfully completed another goal breaking year.

In Angelina County, the United Way touches 23 local agencies, that in turn helps thousands of local residents.  In order to fund these agencies, the United Way holds a fundraiser each year.  This year's goal was to raise $525,000.  They exceeded that goal and ended the campaign with a record $638,421.  Campaign Chairman Jay Jackson was all smiles Friday when United Way staff and volunteers met at the barometer on the Lufkin Mall parking lot to paint the sign.

Lufkin Industries and its employees came through again this year for the campaign raising $251,433 alone.  That represents 48% of the overall United Way contributions for this year's campaign.

"Congratulations on a great campaign.  We raised 122%, or $638,421, that is an excellent number considering the everchanging local economic climate.  Our citizens came through once again and we owe it all to everyone pulling together to help us reach our goal," said Jay Jackson Campaign Chairman.

United Way Executive Director Carla Hight said, "We want to thank everyone who helped, our army of volunteers, division chairs, campaign leaders, board members and all of the businesses and employees and staff who rallied behind this campaign.  It was a job well done and exceeded our expectations."

Division totals:

Industrial (178%), Diboll (100%), Large Employers (107%), General Solicitations (100%), Physicians (29%), LISD (116%), Press (81%), Attorneys (106%), Insurance (116%), Huntington (135%), Lufkin State School (100%), Angelina College (101%), Dentists (101%), Hudson (105%), Realtors (100%), Automobiles (80%), Central/Pollok (117%), Zavalla (135%)

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.The United Way staff and volunteers are hopeful that the community will follow its tradition and continue to give generously.

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