Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
February 19, 2013 3:54 pm EST


MOUNT VERNON — The United Way realized a successful 2012 campaign surpassing its goal.


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“We have actually raised $765,572 for the United Way system,” said Executive Director Jen Odenweller.

Over $718,000 was raised toward the 2013 Community Investment agency, 99.12 percent of the $725,000 goal. Nearly $47,000 was raised outside of Knox County.

Mark Bennett of Brenneman Lumber Co. served as the 2012 campaign chairman.

Contributing to the campaign were Knox County government employees who were challenged to reach a 25 percent participation rate. They exceeded that challenge by reaching 33.6 percent participation by 128 county employees.

The Corporate and Organization Campaign Contributors in the 2012 campaign yielded a list of 20 companies that contributed from just over $3,000 to over $20,000.

That list included Ariel Corp., which donated $200,000, the most money ever raised by one company and its employees. It represented an increase of $20,000 over their previous year’s donation.

In second place was Kokosing Construction Co. for a total of $96,801, with an increase of $9,000. Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc. was the third largest contributor with a total of $71,223, an increase of $6,000.

First-Knox National Bank was right behind Rolls-Royce with a total of $69,447. Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors was next with a total of $39,262.

In sixth place was the State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign with $22,892; in seventh was Nationwide Insurance with $21,590; and in eighth was Kenyon College Employees/After Kenyon Society with $17,511. Knox County Employees achieved ninth place with $11,960 and Brenneman Lumber and Kiln Drying Inc. contributed $10,850.

Businesses 11 through 20 contributing to the 2012 campaign were, in order, Richard and Arlene Landers Foundation, Knox Community Hospital, FT Precision, Colonial City Moose Lodge 25555, Ohio Cumberland Gas, Knox County Head Start Employees, Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund, Dennis and Schisler Inc., Mount Vernon City School Employees, and the City of Mount Vernon Employees.

The United Way partners with 17 agencies to provide Knox County residents with programs targeting the education, income and health of Knox County. Some of those agencies are the Alcohol and Drug Freedom Center, the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Hospice of Knox County, New Directions and Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission.

United Way can boast of a number of accomplishments in 2012 including Community Care Day in which 126 Community Care Day volunteers worked at 17 project sites for a total of 441 hours of service.

One of United Way’s priorities is education and toward that goal 13,452 free books were mailed to 1,765 children last year. Knox County children who are enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program receive books to read every month. In 2012, 509 children graduated from the program when they turned 5 years old.

Contact Rhonda Bletner

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