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United Way $26,000 away from goal

Roosevelt County’s United Way is more than halfway to its fund-raising goal, but still needs about $26,000.

Erinn Burch, executive director of the Roosevelt and Curry County branches of the charitable organization, said Roosevelt has collected $34,019 in donations and pledges, as of Friday afternoon.

The county’s goal is $60,000.

Fund-raising for Roosevelt’s United Way began in September. Board President Rusty Galloway said the organization is still waiting on pledge packets from about 50 businesses, and that some pledge packets received have not yet been calculated into the total.

Galloway said businesses that have turned in their pledges have mostly increased their amounts from a year ago. He believes that trend will continue with the outstanding pledges, and that those pledges will put the organization above its goal.

“We are confident in the final week of fund-raising that the businesses that have not yet donated will step up and give,” Galloway said. “The board members and other volunteers will be aggressively finishing the campaign.”

Leo Lovett, treasurer of the local board, said UW officials hope to wrap up fund-raising efforts by Friday, but will still be taking donations into January.

Last year, the Roosevelt County United Way was at about $56,000 with a week remaining in its campaign, and it finished at $60,600. Its goal was to raise $70,000.

To give to the United Way, contact Burch at 356-4455, Galloway at 356-4481, ext. 40, or Lovett at 356-6601.

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