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United Way reaches $550K campaign goal

Published 11:00am Friday, February 1, 2013

The Lake Martin Area United Way has succeeded.

“We said at the campaign kickoff, ‘Failure is not an option,’” said Tom Lamberth, campaign chairman. “I’m proud to report tonight we did not fail.”

Lamberth reported the United Way’s final fundraising total at the 2013 campaign wrap-up held Thursday night at Aliant Bank.

“We upped our fundraising goal from last year’s goal of $525,000 to $550,000 this year, at my insistence,” Lamberth said. “I’m happy to report our total tonight is $556,380, and we still have money coming in.”

Executive Director Sharon Fuller presented awards, recognized those who contributed to the campaign’s success and thanked everyone for their hard work.

“We had a great year all because of everyone in this room,” Fuller said. “I can’t say thank you enough.”

Fuller said fundraising pacesetters – Tallapoosa County, Coosa County and Alexander City schools – set the tone for the Learning to Serve 2013 campaign.

“Every single school increased the money they donated from last year,” Fuller said. “Now that is really learning how to serve.”

Red Feather Society members, or those who have raised $1,000 or more for the United Way, were also recognized at the campaign wrap-up celebration.

“A big part of United Way is Red Feather Society,” Fuller said. “It really does stabilize the fundraising effort.”

Fuller said the Red Feather Society increased by 13 percent this year, adding a total of 19 new members.

The United Way added new fundraising opportunities to its calendar with the Black and White Charity Ball held at the Lake Martin Event Center and Battle of the Bartenders held at Uncle Nick’s Smokehouse, both of which Fuller said contributed to the campaign’s success.

“We had to think outside the box this year to raise more than $550,000,” Fuller said. “These events were so much fun, and we want to thank everyone who participated.”

Fuller was also recognized for her part in the United Way’s success.

“Without Sharon’s energy and passion, we would not have reached goal,” Lamberth said.

Lake Martin Area United Way President Tommy Spraggins thanked Fuller and the entire community for their contributions and emphasized the good done by the 23 agencies the United Way benefits.

“We live in a great community – a community that has a lot of passion and generous people,” Spraggins said. “We stand united. When we touch the life of one person, we better the lives of all.”