MOUNT VERNON — As part of United Way’s 60th anniversary celebration this past weekend, it was announced the agency had surpassed its campaign goal for Knox County yet again.
Campaign Chairman Mike Haughton of Rolls-Royce Energy Systems announced that as of last week, pledges had been officially obtained totaling $702,316 or 100.3 percent of the $700,000 campaign goal.
“There are many different people who have been a part of this effort to advance the common good for Knox County,” said Haughton. “Our thanks go out to all of the volunteers on the Community Impact Panel and Fund Distribution Committee, to the board of trustees, to those who work at United Way’s partner agencies, and to our local community investors who personally have made a commitment to support United Way’s work.”
“This year, we celebrate 60 years of helping others, improving lives and giving hope,” said Jen Odenweller, executive director, during Saturday evening’s celebration hosted by Ariel Corp. “While our history is certainly a testimony to our county’s achievements, it should never be greater than what we aspire to accomplish in our future,” Odenweller said.
United Way’s 60th anniversary will continue to be celebrated throughout the remainder of 2011 and many historic items gathered since 1951 will be publicly displayed over the next several months.
To learn more about United Way’s work to advance the common good visit www.uwayknox.org.