Pledging for a purpose
- It came down to the wire, but in the end, the United Way of South Central Oklahoma reached its fundraising goal.
It came down to the wire, but in the end, the United Way of South Central Oklahoma reached its fundraising goal.
Wednesday, United Way officials were unsure if they would meet the goal of $850,000, the group's highest goal ever. Then unexpected pledges came in from Michelin.
The goal was surpassed, with a total of $858,372.53 raised.
"We are so grateful the community did what it did," said UWSCO Executive Director tobi Ervin.
United Way gives money to 34 agencies in Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray.
"Everybody we work with is dedicated to human beings and their welfare," Ervin said.
The group began fundraising in September with a kickoff party at the Convention Center and ended Thursday at Santa Fe Depot.
"Once again, outstanding volunteers made it happen and helped us reach our goal," said Teresa Woehst, of Citizens Bank and a UWSCO board member.
While active fundraising is over for 2012, donations are always being accepted.
Ervin estimates that another couple of thousand dollars often comes in between the end of the fundraiser and end of the year.
"We're never going to turn away a donation," she said.