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February 19, 2014

United Way over goal: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

$425,000 will go to 22 agencies; seed money is available for next campaign

FAIRMONT — As Tiffany Samuels, United Way of Marion County executive director, turned over a poster revealing the amount of money raised for the 2013-2014 campaign, a large cheer rang through the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairmont.

“We made our campaign goal of $425,000,” co-chairman Rosemary Phillips said Tuesday during the United Way’s 2013 Annual Report.

Phillips said the goal was met on Dec. 31, 2013. She said the campaign went over goal because of events held after the deadline, such as Denim for a Difference.

Co-chairs of the campaign along with Phillips were her husband Bill and daughter Christy Miller. Phillips said the three decided to give any pledges or money collected after deadline to next year’s campaign.

“Each campaign needs some seed money to get them started,” she said.

Phillips said coming into the campaign, the three co-chairs simply wanted to help the people. Helping next year’s campaign is just another way they are doing that.

 “I felt that if we made goal, it was only right to help next year’s chairmen to get off on the right foot,” Phillips said. “We can’t thank Marion County enough for their generosity.”

The $425,000 that was raised during this year’s campaign will go to the 22 United Way agencies.

Phillips said this campaign has been a tough journey but in the end, Marion County came through like it always does.

“We had so many people in need, and I was very concerned we would not reach goal, even though we reduced the goal,” she said. “But

Marion County citizens came through and people who we wouldn’t think would help us ended up helping us.”

Working with her husband and daughter on the campaign as co-chairs, Phillips said it was challenging at times, but great at the same time.

“We work well together and we can joke around a lot, but it all worked out well,” she said.

Ryan Ford, president of the 2013-2014 United Way campaign, said he was honored that the Phillipses and Miller said yes when he asked them to be co-chairs.

“There’s a lot of work to it and they went over and above from day one with everything they needed to do,” Ford said.

During the meeting, Butch Phillips, of South Fairmont Rotary, presented the UWMC with a check for $20,000. He said the Celebration of Lights, which was in its fifth year, did an outstanding job this year, bringing in more than 9,000 visitors and about $15,500.

“We owe a lot to so many people who made this project the success that it was,” Butch said.

Those who were nominated for officers for the upcoming 2014-2015 United Way campaign board of directors were announced during the meeting. Toni Ricer was nominated for president, Mary Jo Thomas for vice president, Dale Bradley for treasurer, and Ruthann Morgan for secretary.

Annual United Way awards were also given out Tuesday:

• The Finance Traveling Trophy was given to Fairmont Federal Credit Union.

• First Time Leadership Donor awards were given to Cindy Bajus, Ruth Brooks, Fibrek, Robert H. Mollohan Foundation, Robert Thompson, White Hall Business Association, Dr. Donald Koppel, Christy Miller, Toni Ricer, Scott Summits, Allen and Pat Staggers, George Trompak, Jennifer Wade and Wayne Weiss.

• The Marion County Schools Traveling Trophies were given to the Marion County Adult and Community Education Center, East Dale Elementary School, East Fairmont Junior High School and East Fairmont High School.

• The Chairman’s Award was given to Chuck Jessup, publisher of the Times West Virginian.

• The Reverend Donal “Jack” M. Squires award was given to Melanie Thompson.

• The President’s Award was given to Dr. Maria Rose, president of Fairmont State University.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

 

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