Lake Area United Way Raises $4.973M in 2012-2013 Campaign

30 Jul

(Griffith, Indiana) – The Lake Area United Way announced Thursday it raised $4,973,000 in its 2012-13 annual campaign, topping its $4.7 million goal. Leaders of the community impact and fundraising organization said it was one of the most successful campaigns in recent years.

The results were announced by 2012 Campaign Chair Aaron McDermott, president of Latitude Commercial Real Estate, at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. John Kennedy, director of business development, American Structurepoint, Inc, served as Campaign Co-Chair. Both serve on Lake Area United Way’s Board of Trustees.
More than 300 companies ran workplace campaigns and over 7,500 individuals contributed to this year’s campaign.“It has been inspiring for me to see so many people, companies and members of organized labor care for our community and give back,” said McDermott. “This campaign was a success because so many chose to get involved and give what they could.”
“The success of this year’s campaign means United Way and its 31 member agencies and regional initiatives will enhance our results-driven work in the important community priorities of education, income stability and health,” said McDermott.
Contributions are reinvested to support United Way’s work in three key priorities: giving every child an opportunity for a great start on life and keeping youth on track for success; expanding income stability for low-income families; and providing access to critical health services.

According to McDermott, thanks to supporters of Lake Area United Way: 

 More newborns will receive in-home visits by trained and certified parent-child educators to make sure kids get a great start in life and are prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn;
 More teens will graduate on time and are prepared for work or to pursue their college goals;

 Seniors will have places to gather;
 People with disabilities will be able to live and work more independently;
 Victims of abuse and their children will be safe and free from harm;
 And more of the hungry are fed.

Funding recommendations are made by dedicated community volunteers who carefully review agency budgets, participate in site visits, and closely evaluate funded programs and outcomes.“’Living United’ means being a part of the community and working together to pool resources to maximize impact. Strong community support makes it possible to accomplish more together than any one person or organization can do alone,” McDermott added.

LAUW Board Chair Jeremy Miller, regional vice president of Centier Bank, credits McDermott and Kennedy’s youthful energy, creativity and leadership along with the support of hundreds of workplace campaign partners and volunteers for the campaign’s success.

“United Way is a community organization, driven by dedicated community volunteers who understand the importance of United Way’s mission to advance the common good to achievemeasurable results and to improve lives,” Miller said.
“Our community owes a debt of gratitude for the leadership of Aaron McDermott and John Kennedy. Their commitment to our community truly inspires broad and deep support for Lake Area United Way,” added Miller.
For a complete list of Lake Area United Way’s 31 member agencies and regional initiatives, go to:  http://www.lauw.org

 

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