By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
It's official -- the United Way of Adams County surpassed its 2012 campaign goal.
Chairman John Letts announced Thursday the campaign raised $1,198,096, or about 5 percent more than the original goal of $1,138,000.
"As the campaign progressed, we saw signs that the economy was beginning to rebound," said Letts, who is president of John Wood Community College. "These signs together with the giving efforts of (the community) did exactly what we had hoped … and so much more."
The final campaign total was revealed at the United Way's 76th annual meeting, which also celebrated the organization's progress and successes in 2012. The annual meeting had been scheduled for Feb. 21, but was postponed due to poor weather conditions. United Way is willing to refund paid reservations for individuals who contact the office by Friday, March 15.
"This has been another great year for United Way," Board President Bonnie Scranton said. "Much of our effort in 2012 centered on the implementation of a strategic plan that calls for United Way to transition from an organization known primarily as fundraiser and allocator to one that also recruits people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.
"In doing so, we become more focused in our work and encourage increased collaboration, engagement and giving."
During the meeting, the following were elected by the membership to the board of directors: Mike Dailing of Knapheide Manufacturing, Jim Sours of ADM Alliance Nutrition, Janelle VanHecke of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Letts.
Harry Marcionetti, Terry Myers and Melody Shover were recognized as retiring board members.
Scranton also highlighted the various volunteer groups that were responsible for the success of United Way. The groups included loaned executives, campaign division leaders and account managers, employee campaign coordinators, resource investment teams, Unmet Needs Committee members, VITA volunteers, Promotions Committee members and the board of directors. Those individuals combined to give more than 8,000 hours of service to United Way, valued at $171,905.
JK Creative Printers & Mailing was singled out for the Live United award, created in 2010 to recognize companies and employee groups who demonstrate what it means "to give, advocate, volunteer and live united." It represents the highest recognition given from the United Way.
ADM Alliance Nutrition, Blessing Health System, Mercantile Bank and Prince Agri Products were previous winners of the Live United award.