TERRE HAUTE -- On Monday, members of the United Way of the Wabash Valley (UWWV) announced the organization had reached its campaign goal for the second year in a row.
According to officials, the organization raised $1,854,607. The stated goal was $1.85 million.
"Coming into this year, we knew we had certain head winds against us," UWWV Executive Director Troy Fears said. "There was a grant and bequest that we received last year that we knew would not be available this year. So, we knew this goal was going to be a very aggressive goal, a stretch goal, and so for us to be able to get to it is very exciting."
The United Way also awarded its Solomon Award Monday. The award is presented to the community leader who demonstrates "extraordinary wisdom, responsiveness and flexibility in distributing United Way funding."
The award was given to Indiana State University representative Bruce McLaren.
In addition, B&S Plumbing and Heating representative Sally Stewart and Clabber Girl representative Lori Danielson both received the United Way's Richard D. Newport award, which is given to the person(s) who find new ways to increase membership in the United Way.
According to UWWV officials, Stewart's efforts with the leadership giving campaign and Danielson's efforts with the Women's Professional Group through the Power of the Purse were "instrumental to the organization reaching their goal this year."
The keynote speaker for Monday's event was ISU Men's Basketball Coach Greg Lansing.
"With the economy still sluggish, this isn't an easy time to raise money," Fears said. "The amount we've raised this year is a testament to the generosity and dedication of thousands of donors and their companies in the Wabash Valley who know that together, through United Way, we can advance the common good by helping others improve their lives."