QUINCY — The United Way of Adams County surpassed its 2019 campaign goal by raising $1.146 million.
"What's most exciting is that through a successful campaign we will be able to fund the agencies, services and people we committed ourselves to assisting when this journey began last summer," said Mark Tyrpin, campaign chairman.
The announcement was made at Thursday night's annual meeting at the Holiday Inn.
The United Way annually serves more than 30,000 people in Adams County.
"We're excited to help deliver the resources the community so desperately needs," Tyrpin said. "The bottom line is Adams County wins. People helping people win."
The 2019 campaign goal had been $1.1 million.
The United Way has now eclipsed its campaign goal in 22 of the past 23 years.
"That's a lot of people doing a lot of things," Tyrpin said.
Some of the highlights of the 2019 campaign included:
º The largest single gift in United Way of Adams County history, a $50,000 donation from the Richard A. Perritt Family Foundation.
º A record year for the United Way Wednesday promotion that involves local restaurants, bars and eateries donating a portion of their daily sales. The event generated $7,738.
º A 1% increase in individual special gifts from the 2018 total.
º 2019 represented the fifth-highest annual campaign of monies raised through community investments.
Tim Moore, who will chair the 2020 campaign, characterized the United Way's impact.
"It's real people being helped in real ways," said Moore, whose United Way services dates to 1993. "I'm looking forward to building on the progress of the past."
Kent Stegeman, the outgoing president of the 26-person United Way board, said the nonprofit organization is "united in compassion and united in the desire to help."
Jeremy Wingerter, who was introduced earlier this month as the new executive director for the United Way, praised the 2019 fundraising effort.
"Exceeding the campaign goal was no small step, and will further the impact made by the United Way in Adams County," he said.
Phillip Krupps was introduced as chairman for the 2020 campaign.
"This annual campaign marks a continued evolution in the impact and commitment to United Way in our community ... (and) the same deep and focused commitment to invest in our community," Krupps said. "United Way has the impact to change lives."
Among the special recognitions were:
º The Live United Award to Quincy Public Schools, with Superintendent Roy Webb accepting. QPS was recognized for its continued volunteerism and campaign generosity.
º The Small Business Hero Award to the McClean family for its involvement with United Way Wednesday, the weekly fundraising promotion held August through December.
The United Way of Adams County dates to 1937, when the first campaign generated $69,000. At that time, the organization was known as the Community Chest.
Through the years, the United Way of Adams County campaign has raised more than $46 million. About $40 million of that total has gone to partner organizations.