York County United Way announces 2016 totals
- The York County United Way ended its 2016 campaign with $6,680,000 in donations.
- They beat 2015's totals by about $130,000.
- 2016 campaign chair Anne Druck challenged next year's campaign to reach $7 million in donations.
The York County United Way saw an increase in donations over 2015's campaign, 2016 campaign chair Anne Druck announced Tuesday night at the campaign's victory celebration at the Wyndham Garden York.
Druck announced that the United Way raised $6.68 million in 2016, about $130,000 more than 2015's campaign.
"It was, by all accounts, a great success," Executive Director Robert Woods said during the opening speech.
2016 campaign: For 2016, Druck challenged volunteers to reach out to five CEOs and asked that one of those calls be made to one who had not been involved with the campaign before.
The challenge was a success, bringing in 18 new businesses, Woods said.
"We haven't had that number in many, many years," he said.
To introduce the 2016 totals, Druck brought in some sports talk, comparing the United Way campaign striving to get gold during the Olympics.
"We're all in this for the Olympics of life," she said.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, Druck summoned some football talk as well, referring to the penalty of excessive celebration that players can receive after a touchdown.
"We are excessively celebrating tonight, that is the theme," she said.
The United Way of York County's 2016 totals are about $368,000 more than 2014's $6.312 million raised but are still about $270,000 less than the 2013 total of $6.949 million.
After she announced the total, Druck challenged the room filled with more than 300 people to aim higher for 2017.
"Friends, I'd like to put a challenge out to you ... 2017, we might as well set our sights high, let's do it — $7 million," she said.
Awards: As it did last year, the United Way took time to award those who donated during the 2016 campaign. More than a dozen awards were given out to various organizations, big and small.
This year's School District Cup, a campaign competition between the 16 York County school districts, was awarded to South Western School District for the fifth year in a row.
"They engage every single person in the school district," Nicole Shaffer, United Way director of marketing and communications, told the crowd.
Other organizations, such as Menasha Packaging, Rabbit Transit, Starbucks, Harley-Davidson, Penn Waste, Glatfelter Insurance Group and the York Revolution were among the award winners.
Prizes: Some individual donors earned prizes, ranging from gift cards to the big prize, a 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Motorcycle.
Lynn Henry, of York Township, was this year's motorcycle winner.
Henry, a retired guidance counselor for Dallastown Area High School, has been giving to the United Way for many years.
He said he has been donating since he started at his old job and has continued to donate in the 26 years since he retired.
"I don't know the exact number of years, but yeah, it's been a while," Henry said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.
Henry said he's never been on a motorcycle before.
"I was surprised and really excited," he said about his big win, adding that he thought the motorcycle was a "really neat piece of equipment."
For 2017's campaign, John Singleton, of Glatfelter Insurance, will be taking over the chair position.
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