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Helping our own
United Way success showcases compassion
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The residents of Barton and Pawnee counties did it again, and then some.
 United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith announced to her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday, and everyone who would listen, that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.
The campaign had a target of $270,000, but exceeded that daunting mark by $25,000. “The was the best campaign yet,” Smith said. “This just shows how people here come together to help others.”
This goal-breaking record was due to the community support, the UWCK Executive Volunteer Board members, 2015 co-chairs, the community partners United Way supports and all the countless volunteers.
“I am humbled by the generosity of all,” Smith said. “On behalf on the 19 community partners we serve, thank you.”
This comes at a time when many non-profit organizations like those supported by the UWCK face uncertain budgetary futures. These entities often receive assistance from the state and with Kansas facing fiscal shortfalls, this assistance may be at risk.
Smith has always said how impressed with the compassion of area residents. This campaign is just another example of how we can come together to help our own.
Dale Hogg