United Way of Central Georgia exceeds goal, raises more than $4.2 million

lmorris@macon.comMarch 18, 2014 

United Way of Central Georgia topped its fundraising goal for 2013 by raising more than $4.2 million.

The agency had set a goal of $4.15 million.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Theresa Robinson, 2013’s campaign chairwoman, at the United Way’s annual meeting and awards celebration at the Wilson Convention Center.

“We are so grateful to all our volunteers and donors for making this remarkable accomplishment possible,” said Robinson, regional external affairs manager for Georgia Power.

Geico and its employees were recognized as the top contributors for the 10th year in a row, with pledges of more than $1.02 million that were first announced in February. Employees at the local Geico office raised $845,330, and the corporate gift was $178,000. The company’s amount raised was $114,000 -- or 12 percent -- more than last year.

Geico is the first company campaign in Middle Georgia to ever top the $1 million mark.

Other campaigns that raised more than $100,000 each and the amount pledged are:

• Publix, $243,256;

• Georgia Power, $232,268;

• Combined federal campaign, $112,569;

• State Bank and Trust, $108,689;

• Mercer University, $101,623.

Special awards also were given to employee campaigns that had the largest increases over last year. Winners included Geico, Zachry Industrial, Capital City Bank, Graphic Packaging and Target. Highest per capita awards were given to Publix, State Bank, and Southern Trust for the most money donated per employee.

“I am so proud of Theresa and her entire campaign team for their efforts in making this year’s fundraising effort so successful,” United Way President/CEO George McCanless said.

McCanless also thanked all the donors who were recognized for their contributions.

Their donations helps more than 100,000 people in Middle Georgia improve their lives, he said.

During the business portion of the United Way meeting, new board members were elected and new officers of the executive committee were announced.

Eddie Norris, president and CEO of CB&T Bank, will be chairman of the United Way’s 2014 campaign. Also, Bruce Leicht with Wells Fargo was named chairman of the executive committee.

United Way of Central Georgia contributes health and human services that have a measurable impact in 14 Middle Georgia counties and improves the lives of more than 100,000 local people annually. The annual campaign supports 50 programs of 32 local partner agencies.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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