The United Way of York County campaign may not have reached its goal amount, but the organization still raised enough money to help people.
Keith Noll said with that understanding in mind, the United Way had a successful 2013 fundraising campaign raising $6.949 million. The goal was to raise $7.004 million, said Noll, the campaign's chairman and York Hospital president.
The United Way's campaign amount was revealed Tuesday at the organization's celebration event at the Valencia Ballroom in York City.
For its 2012 campaign, the United Way raised close to $6.946 million to provide support to its 30-plus member agencies which provide more than 70 programs designed to improve the quality of life for people in York County.
Noll said he is pleased that the United Way raised more money during the 2013 campaign, compared to the 2012 effort.
"Considering the economy, the amount of giving that people provided to the United Way was heart warming," he said. "It was great to see how this community came together to support member agencies that help those in need."
This is the fourth year in a row that the agency raised more money than the previous campaign. And, including the 2013 campaign amount, the United Way has raised closed to $207 million since its inception.
Awards: The United Way was generous Tuesday handing out awards to volunteers, businesses and campaign committee members in recognition of their hard work in raising money for the agency.
The agency also awarded the Live United Trophy, the top fundraising award for schools, to South Western School District, which raised more than $33,000 for the 2013 United Way campaign.
This is the United Way's second year awarding the trophy, with South Western receiving it both times.
The trophy was accepted by the district's campaign coordinators, Erica O'Brien, a first-grade teacher at West Manheim Elementary School, and Robbie Meckley, who teaches first grade at Park Hills Elementary School.
The teachers said they ran a district-wide "drop in the bucket" campaign that encouraged staff to give whatever they could no matter the amount.
"Everyone in our district is very giving, and we're blessed to be working with such a great group of people who show how much they care for the community," O'Brien said.
United Way will continue its award activities this week when its officials go on "prize patrol," visiting companies to reveal and present five major prizes to the winning employees.
More prizes: The names of donors who pledged $156 or more were entered into a drawing for the five prizes. However, during Tuesday's celebration campaign officials only revealed the names of the companies the prize winners work for.
The companies and prizes are:
•An employee from Mental Health America of York and Adams Counties has won a 2014 FLS Softail Slim motorcycle donated by Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
•Glatfelter Insurance Group: $1,500 in Giant Food Stores grocery gift cards.
•Graham Architectural Products Corp.: $1,000 Bon-Ton shopping spree.
•Dallastown Area School District: $1,000 Visa gift card, donated by Doceo Office Solutions.
•Peoples Bank: two 2014 Season Dugout Box Tickets valued at $1,260, donated by York Revolution Baseball.
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