Campaign co-chairs Chris and Dina Ostrander today announced that the United Ways 2017 campaign has raised $3,325,159, a record and $60,000 more than last year.
It was also announced that Don and Carrie Templin, who were in their final year of a five-year annual $35,000 commitment (for a total of $175,000), have decided to contribute an additional $500,000 to the United Ways Halt Hunger initiative. Their gift will be spread over the next five years, beginning in 2018.
The announcements were made during the United Ways campaign wrapup event held at The Anvil.
We are extremely appreciative of every single pledge from the $1 a week donor who gives through their workplace campaign, to the donors at the Gaslight level of $750 or more. Every donation of every size is to be celebrated, Chris Ostrander said.
Each gift is critical to continuing the work of the United Way in this community. It is only through the generosity of all of our donors that we are able to improve lives in Hancock County, he said. And Id like to give a special thank you to the Templins for their tremendous gift, and to the United Way staff and our volunteer cabinet for once again giving a sensational effort to reach out to our business community and its employees to garner their support to achieve a record amount of contributions in 2017.
Chris and I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the United Way campaign the last two years, Dina Ostrander said. We have so many great people in Hancock County opening their hearts to others who just need some assistance to improve their lives. Its so encouraging to see our campaign dollars continue to rise so United Way can expand its efforts to impact the lives of our fellow community members.