The generous folks of Angelina County have managed to set challenging economic times aside and contribute $718,317 to this year's Angelina County United Way campaign.
This year's campaign commemorates sixty years of giving. And, as is tradition, volunteers gathered around the barometer to mark their success. Almost every division chair exceeded its goal. Some divisions exceeded the goal as high as 100-percent. It was a proud moment in United Way history. "This is the most rewarding thing that could happen. Knowing the people of Angelina County stepped forward with this being a special year, the 60th anniversary, to the tune of 111 percent of the goal," said Campaign Chairman Bob Brown.
The Industrial Division had the greatest amount to raise, $270,000. The Industrial Division exceeded its goal by ten percent, raising $296,390. Once again, Lufkin Industries and its employees came through, contributing 250-thousand dollars, alone.
United Way President, Tina Alexander-Sellers said, "This is a very giving community. The Angelina County United Way is a good steward of the money raised. All of the funds collected in Angelina County, stays in Angelina County to help fund 23 non-profit agencies. Agencies like The Women's Shelter of East Texas, Hospice in the Pines, Boys and Girls Club, Angelina Alliance for Children to name a few. It is also important to note, only seven percent is used for administrative costs."