Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

January 17, 2013

United Way exceeds goals

Organization raises $1.88 million in 2012 campaign.

The United Way of Howard County surpassed its 2012 campaign goal by raising $1,884,056, officials announced.

When campaign chairwoman Marilyn Skinner revealed the number at a United Way celebration Thursday night, she received a standing ovation from supporters.

“Don’t clap for me,” she said. “Clap for yourselves. You did it.”

Skinner said she learned from this campaign that the people of Howard County are more generous than she even realized.

“Even people who had very little were willing to help with $5 or $10,” she said. “Every little bit helps.”

Skinner said she focused this year on making sure people knew about the agencies that United Way supports.

And she asked anyone and everyone if they were willing to help. Oftentimes, she found that people didn’t give because they just didn’t know about the organization, she said.

Her persistence and the persistence of the loaned associates paid off.

This year, United Way added an additional 102 accounts.

“That really helped us through,” Skinner said.

So did Chrysler’s giving.

The company increased its donations by $170,000, and an additional 600 employees gave this year.

Their total donation to United Way was about $600,000.

Company officials said they held competitions to raise money and gave away prizes to those who participated. They let employees wear jeans on Friday for a $5 donation.

Officials also targeted employees who had not donated before by taking them on tours of the United Way agencies to see how the donations are used.

Even with all that support, the organization was still below its campaign goal on Wednesday.

Then, on Wednesday night, employees from Haynes International and Delphi battled it out at Applebee’s to raise more money.

The volunteers acted as servers for the night, and all tips were donated to United Way.

It was the first time either company participated in the friendly competition.

“We didn’t know what we were doing,” said Rhonda Heytens from Delphi. “We had no clue.”

Volunteers did magic tricks, painted faces and held raffles to solicit donations during the competition.

In four hours, the two companies made $11,000. Delphi won the battle by raising $9,000.

And they broke a United Way record.

“Our best battle before that only made $5,000,” said Lori Tate, United Way president.

That money helped the organization top its goal of $1.875 million.

The final tally was still below the $2 million goal that Skinner had set for herself, but she said she couldn’t complain.

She said Howard County once again stepped up to the plate, and she couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help.

“It takes a village to raise a campaign,” she said. “It’s been a great year.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Trial dates moved in Wagoner clinic drug case Trial dates for seven of the eight people charged in the Wagoner Clinic prescription drug case have been moved to Oct. 3. Several of the suspects including Marilyn Wagoner, the wife of Donald Wagoner, the former head of the clinics, were set to stand

    July 31, 2014

  • One injured in motorcycle crash A 50-year-old man suffered chest injuries when he crashed his motorcycle at Washington and Lafountain streets Wednesday afternoon. A Kokomo Police Department accident report stated Tommie Barger of Kokomo was driving a 1983 Honda 1100 south on Lafoun

    July 31, 2014

  • Russiaville Summer Fest starts Friday You think you can knock a baseball out of the park? There's a contest for that. If you love to sing, there's an activity for that. If you're afraid to sing but know the words to your favorite song, there's an activity for that, too. The Russiaville S

    July 31, 2014

  • Waterford Place looking to expand More senior living options could be on the way in Kokomo. Waterford Place Health Campus, located in the 800 block of St. Joseph Drive, is looking to expand with 11 new senior duplexes after receiving approval from the Kokomo Plan Commission’s plat co

    July 31, 2014

  • BMV offering driver tests in 11 languages INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering drivers tests in 11 languages other than English that are spoken across Indiana. BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said Wednesday the decision was made at the urging of businesses, un

    July 31, 2014

  • Tionna Brown 02 Kokomo celebrates Tionna Brown's gold medal victories Little boys with pretend gold medals around their necks fought Wednesday to get their pictures taken with a pint-sized superstar who had won three real gold medals for herself. Twelve-year-old Tionna Brown just returned from Texas after competing in

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • KFD Rescue 2 Staffing changes leave Kokomo Fire Department with one rescue truck

    A shift in how the Kokomo Fire Department is staffed and responds to calls has some firefighters worried they will not have access to all the equipment they need. City officials, however, maintain there will be no change in the quality of service pro

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kokomo Police officers reach out to public Tuesday Kokomo police will be out in full force Tuesday in area neighborhoods. In addition to their regular patrols, officers will be out getting to know residents and the issues they may have as part of National Night Out, a crime prevention event. National

    July 30, 2014

  • Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency found that the Indiana attorney general's office didn't give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years. A report from the Department of Health and Human Serv

    July 30, 2014

  • Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man is celebrating his second $1 million Hoosier Lottery prize in the past three months. Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won a $1 million prize from a scratch-off ticket he bought last week at a convenience s

    July 30, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries