United Way fundraising has reached 61 percent of its goal, however, concerns have arisen that this year's efforts are "sluggish."

Division and agency leaders, some dressed in their Halloween costumes, gathered Tuesday to update one another on drive progress. So far, $518,063.96 has been raised of the $850,000 goal.

"The money has not been coming in at the same rate as last year, but every year is a little bit different," said tobi Ervin, United Way of South Central Oklahoma executive director. "Some years, everyone comes in with the money. Others, I have to go out and get the money, and I will go pick it up if I need to."

Every division is encouraged to reach the total raised during last year's drive and to involve at least one new business.

The next week may help, as several divisions have fundraising events scheduled. Events on Thursday include Octoberfest at Gloria Ainsworth Learning Center and the Derek Harris concert at Red Dirt Brewhouse.

The next report meeting will be Nov. 5 at the HFV Wilson Community Center. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the fiesta-themed meeting, which will feature Mexican hat dancing.