For just the third time in the past 11 years, United Way of Lake County announced an increase of more than $100,000 from the previous year’s campaign. The organization raised $3,671,388 during its 2011 campaign, which is a $105,846 – or 3 percent - increase from its 2010 campaign, marking the second largest increase in the past 11 years.
This also marks the 12th time out of the past 13 years where United Way of Lake County has raised more money than the previous year’s campaign.
Other campaign highlights include:
· Employees from four companies contributed more than $100,000 each. (Lubrizol, Eaton, First Energy, Avery Dennison).
· Special events raised a record high $100,000.
· A Lake County family, whose wishes are to remain anonymous, raised $30,000 for food and a 5-year dollar pledge for needy families.
The campaign, which kicked off on August 18, generated donations through employee campaigns, corporate contributions, individual donors and special events. The campaign was co-chaired by Dr. Jacqueline Hoynes, superintendent of Mentor Public Schools and Kevin Lynch of AT&T.
“Once again businesses, organizations and individuals stepped up to the plate to support those who are in need.” Hoynes said. “We couldn’t have had a successful campaign without all those who care so much to make their community a better place to live in.”
“I feel blessed that we have a community where everyone looks out for their neighbor and at the drop of a hat are willing to give their time, money or voice to helping those who need it the most,” Lynch said. “We want to thank the community for another great United Way of Lake County campaign and we urge everyone to keep supporting because the need continues to grow each and every year.”