Sequim donors help United Way exceed goal

The annual United Way of Clallam County campaign raised more than $1 million - just when it really counted.

Sequim donations averaged more than $400 and totaled more than $200,000. Sharon DelaBarre and Bob Schilling led the Sequim campaign.

On Feb. 12, 175 people gathered to celebrate the work of all the volunteers, employers and donors who helped United Way raise $1,145,249, well exceeding the $1 million goal.

The annual fund drive is comprised of a number of different campaigns, including a mail campaign to homes, and employer campaigns in Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks and Clallam Bay/Sekiu.

The campaign also encompasses Combined Federal Campaign for Federal Employee groups in Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor counties and a Washington state employee Combined Fund Drive for local state employees.

Each year volunteers, many with full-time jobs, take time to organize the United Way campaign in their community or their business.

The 2008 campaign was chaired by Port Angeles School District Superintendant Dr. Gary Cohn and president of the North Olympic Library System board Dr. Susan Cohn.

Their campaign cabinet and totals raised are:

_ Sequim - Sharon DelaBarre and Bob Schilling - $212,370 - 509 donors

_ Port Angeles - Dan McKeen - $218,496 - 879 donors

_ Forks - Bill Peach and Diana Reaume - $55,483 - 262 donors

_ Employee Campaigns - Karen Meyer - $122,360 - 437 donors

_ County Campaigns - Judith Scott - $25,175 - 58 donors

_ Combined Federal Campaign - LTJG Christian Polyak and LTJG Heather Sharp - $30,751- 176 donors

_ Washington State Employees Combined Fund Drive - Tom Angier - $19,319

_ Corporate Gifts - Brian Kuh - 29 businesses - $57,040

_ Olympic Medical Center - Eric Lewis and Bobby Beeman - 589 donors - $131,362 to United Way and OMC Charities

_ Clallam Bay/Sekiu - Linda Dillard - $1,505 - 22 donors.

_ Joyce - Tom Anderson - $1,165 - 10 donors

United Way also recognized Leadership Donors, those who give $500 or more. In the 2008 campaign, 337 individuals, couples or businesses participated, giving a total of $553,577.

Businesses received awards for 75 percent or more employee participation, 50 percent or more increase in giving, giving $100 or more per employee, and for the most money given.

The following businesses received awards in one or more of those categories:

_ Advantage Escrow

_ Angeles Composite Technologies Inc.

_ Battelle

_ Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula

_ Cedar Coast Mortgage

_ City of Port Angeles

_ Clallam County

_ Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty

_ Crescent School District

_ Family Planning of Clallam County

_ First Federal

_ First Step Family Support Center

_ Forks Community Hospital

_ Forks Forum

_ Forks Outfitters

_ Green Crow

_ Healthy Families of Clallam County

_ Jim's Pharmacy

_ Lakeside Industries

_ Merrill & Ring

_ Nippon Paper Industries USA

_ Northwestern Territories Inc.

_ Olympic Medical Center

_ Olympic View Publishing

_ Pacific Office Equipment

_ Parent Line

_ Peninsula Community Mental Health Center

_ Peninsula Daily News

_ Platt Irwin Law Firm

_ Port Angeles Hardwood

_ Port Angeles Realty

_ Port Angeles School District

_ Public Utility District

_ Rayonier Western Forest Resources

_ Re/Max Fifth Avenue

_ Re/Max Performance Team

_ Ruddell Auto Mall

_ St. Andrew's Place Assisted Living

_ Serenity House of Clallam County

_ Sequim School District

_ Sterling Bank Forks

_ Thomas Building Center

_ United Parcel Service

_ United Way of Clallam County

_ Zenovic & Associates

Giving goes on

The annual campaign continues through March 31; interested donors can contribute by contacting the United Way office at 457-3011 or through PayPal at www.unitedway

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