Sandi Barefoot of Susquehanna Bank receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from J.T. Hand of the York Water Co. on Tuesday at the Valencia Ballroom in York
Sandi Barefoot of Susquehanna Bank receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from J.T. Hand of the York Water Co. on Tuesday at the Valencia Ballroom in York City. Hand is board chairman-elect of the United Way of York County, which celebrated the end of its 2012 fundraising campaign with $6.95 million. (Bil Bowden photo)

The audience excitedly clapped in response to the numbers on the screen: $6.95 million.

The United Way raised that amount in its 2012 fundraising campaign that concluded with the agency's celebration event held Tuesday at the Valencia Ballroom in York City.

While the campaign goal was $7.125 million, the United Way raised $35,000 more than last year's amount of close to $6.91 million, said Robert Woods, the agency's executive director.

"I am really excited that we raised more than we did the year before," he said. "We would have liked to reach goal, but now we start working on next year's campaign."

Despite the shortfall, the campaign overcame several challenges, including the sluggish economy and concerns about the fiscal cliff, said Mark Ottemiller, campaign chair.

The United Way - which provides funding to 35 membership agencies - also claimed two other another campaign successes. This is the third year in a row that the agency raised more money than the previous campaign. And, including the 2012 campaign amount, the United Way has raised $200 million since its inception, said Mark Ottemiller, campaign chair.

"A lot of folks in this county have benefited from the generosity of this community," said Ottemiller, president of Nu Tech Design Associates Inc.

The United Way was generous Tuesday handing out awards to volunteers, businesses and campaign committee members for their hard work in raising money for the agency.

The organization 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.

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 J.H. Myers and Son has won a 110th Anniversary Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King donated by Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

**New Standard Corp.: $1,500 in Giant Food Stores grocery gift cards.

**Penn Waste Inc.: $1,000 Bon-Ton shopping spree.

**Graham Architectural Products Corp.: $1,000 iPad Bundle, donated by Doceo Office Solutions.

**Kinsley Construction Inc.: two Season Dugout Box Tickets valued at $1,260, donated by York Revolution Baseball.

With the campaign's challenges and prize excitement, the important thing to remember is how the United Way, campaign volunteers and participating companies used "persistence and consistency" to benefit the community, Ottemiller said.

"People stepped up," he said. "Through it all, we did well."

-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.