In March, it was believed the United Way of Clay County would not reach its 2006 fundraising campaign goal.
However, a recent surge in monies pushed the total above the original number.
Recent pledges brought the fundraising campaign total to $118,964.19, exceedings its original goal of $111,700. The money is used to support the United Way's 23 agencies for 2007.
"We are very pleased to have met and exceeded our United Way goal for 2006," United Way of Clay County Board President Jennifer French said. "This just goes to show what a generous and supportive community we live and work in. Our hope is that this generosity will continue in the years to come."
In March, it was reported that the organization had raised $90,631 through the campaign, which was only 82 percent of its original goal.
United Way organizations continues to receive funds throughout the year, which helped the local unit achieve its goal.
Several area organizations will benefit from the funds, including Area 7 on Aging and Disabled, American Red Cross, Wabash Valley Chapter, Big Brother/Bis Sister, Boys Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council, Clay County Children's Medical Assistance, Clay County Parks Association, Clay County Emergency Food Pantry, Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry, Clay County Even Start, Clay County Literacy Coalition, Clay County Sheriff's Reserve, Clay County Search and Rescue, Clay County Senior Citizens, Clay County Well-Child Clinic, Council on Domestic Abuse, Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council, Family Services Association, Clay County 4-H Council, Southern Clay County Christian Share and Care Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army Service Extension, and YMCA of Clay County.
The board members for the 2006-07 United Way of Clay County Campaign include French, Carrie Crowder, Lynne Llewellyn, Rick Burger, Kenny Crabb, Jeff Deakins, Kathy Knust, Mike Lawson, John Lee, Sandy Lorenze, Lee Reberger, Todd Pierce, Jay Stevens, Lynn Stoelting and Vangie Sutherland.
This will be, however, the final year for United Way of Clay County. In February, French announced that the Clay County organization was slated to merge with United Way of the Wabash Valley. It is expected that the merger will happen near the end of the year. The United Way of the Wabash Valley is based in Terre Haute.
Still, several activities are upcoming through the United Way.
On Saturday, those interested may participate in the Ohio Building Experience Abbondanza, which will benefit the United Way and Junior Achievement.
The event is scheduled to be three parties in one and will take place at the Ohio Building in Terre Haute, 672 Ohio St.
A Hawaiian-style party is planned for the top floor while a New Orleans-style party is planned for the middle floor. A "groovy party" is planned on the main floor as well as a silent auction.
Food and drink will be available on each floor.Cost is $55 per person and the event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
In addition, Clabber Girl has scheduled its third annual Brickyard barbecue fest for July 21. It will feature live music, food and racing fun. It will highlight local barbecue professionals as well as amateurs. For more information, call 812-478-7113.