The United Way of the Wabash Valley conducted its last major fund drive of its current campaign Friday, Jan. 23, on the rooftop of Baesler's Market, Terre Haute.
The goal was to reach $10,000 in donations as four United Way members, co-campaign chairpersons Gary Morris and Marla DeHart, incoming United Way Board President Rick Burger and United Way Executive Director Troy Fears braved the elements by spending 12 hours on the roof of the store.
The end result? United Way managed to raise more than $18,000 in the final campaign push.
United Way of the Wabash Valley Resource Development Director Kathy Barker told The Brazil Times the organization expected to receive more in donations as four establishments have not turned in their final numbers.
In addition, she added United Way representatives weren't sure if they would reach their goal because the final campaign push was moved back one week due to inclement weather.
"Everyone came out and definitely had open hearts and really came through for the community," Barker said. "I think they realized there was a real true need this year. It was an amazing thing.
"We really weren't sure we were going to reach $10,000 this year. It was a pleasant surprise."
Barker said she believed the final numbers would come in by Friday, although admitted the recent turn in the weather may push that back.
As well as the four United Way representatives on the rooftop of Baesler's Market, area businesses participating in the final fundraiser included Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Clabber Girl, Fazoli's, Fifth Third Bank, First Financial Bank, ISU Federal Credit Union, JC Penney, Jimmy John's, Liberty Tax Service, Macy's, Old National Bank, Pizza Hut, Rally's, Regions Bank, Riddell National Bank, Roly Poly, Terre Haute Savings Bank, TGI Friday's and Wal-Mart.
Locations in Clay County included Fifth Third Bank, First Financial Bank, Riddell National Bank, Terre Haute Savings Bank and Wal-Mart.