The official 2013 United Way campaign is under way.
Approximately 50 people attended a recent kickoff luncheon to hear testimonials from three Adams County agencies as to the importance of United Way funding for their activities.
Sharon Tester, who heads the Adams County Council on Aging, talked about the transportation program which provided 7,496 one-way trips last year.
Kristen Sprunger, director of the Adams County Boys and Girls Club, indicated that the United Way was a major funder of the Triple Play program. She read an emotional letter from a club member who lauded the importance of the Boys and Girls Club in her life.
Mary Jo Toole, of Operation Help, told the gathering that needs at the food bank were not diminishing but growing. To date this year, an additional 90 families have been added to the over 500 families already being served, she said.
Toole showed a financial chart indicating the United Way was a major contributor to the program.
Campaign Chair Susan Sefton, of Adams Memorial Hospital, announced a goal of $200,013 for the upcoming year. She indicated that several companies had agreed to become Pace Setters for this year’s campaign and are already raising funds toward the goal.
Sefton said that as of September 5, $39,194 had been raised, with most campaigns still continuing.
It was also announced that Eli Lilly will be giving $16,000 to the United Way of Adams County as an incentive match. Sefton also said that the United Way Board and staff had pledged $9,600 to the campaign.
For information or to contribute, call the United Way office: 728-2056.
The kickoff luncheon, sponsored by First Bank of Berne, Bank of Geneva and First Merchants Bank, was held at Adams Memorial Hospital.