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United Way campaign sets record

Bryan County raises $82K; beats fundraising goal by nearly 30 percent

POSTED: November 21, 2012 10:23 a.m.

The annual United Way campaign wrapped up Friday in Bryan County, not only meeting its goal of $64,007, but exceeding it by nearly 30 percent.
Donations in Bryan County set a record at $82,658 — the highest amount collected during a United Way campaign in Bryan County, according to Director Kristi Cox.
“The campaign was fabulous,” Cox said. “This community has always been the type of community that stepped up and helped when there was a need, but we are overjoyed with the turnout.”
Some of the largest contributors included Hobart Corporation, which donated more than $24,000, and the Bryan County Board of Education, which raised more than $10,000, Cox said.
Bryan Bank and Trust always helps start the campaign as the pacesetter for the county. Their employees helped raise a donation of $8,000 this year.
Cox described the whole campaign as “priceless,” because of all of the support the community gave.
“It’s been very rewarding,” she said. “The amount of support and encouragement that I’ve received from this community is priceless. I feel like everyone has just stepped up to help in anyway they could.”
United Way of the Coastal Empire President and CEO Greg Schroeder said Tuesday he was very pleased with the campaign overall, which raised more than $8.9 million in Chatham, Bryan, Liberty and Effingham counties — about $150,000 more than the 2012 total campaign goal of $8.7 million.
Schroeder noted all counties “had a phenomenal success this year,” but also praised efforts in Bryan County for making it the most successful campaign in the county’s history.
“In particular we had our highest fundraiser in Bryan County in the history of Bryan County,” he said. “We had more people step up to plate to help, and I thought we had a reinvigorated effort. It really was a team effort.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to Kristi Cox, our staff member,” Schroeder continued, “and Jimmy Burnsed, our board member for United Way of the Coastal Empire for Bryan County, as well as all of the volunteers in Bryan County that helped make it a success.”

Read more in the Nov. 21 edition of the News.

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