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Kudos to United Way for surpassing goal
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Congratulations to the United Way of Liberty County, which recently exceeded its 2012 fundraising campaign goal of $195,000 by raising $205,615 — up $20,589 from the $185,026 raised last year.

UW-Liberty Executive Director Jennifer Darsey — who is in her second year on the job — has again demonstrated her commitment and dedication to the United Way’s mission. She and her army of volunteers, board members and staffers did a commendable job of increasing awareness, planning fundraisers, soliciting donations and support, publicizing the United Way’s objective and making the organization’s impact known.

Darsey’s leadership skills, passion for the UW and belief in helping those in need have been evident in her handling of the campaigns. From the energy and time the director poured into the kickoff party and other UW events, to the frequent updates she consistently provided and her willingness to traipse all over the county whenever duty called, it’s apparent that Darsey’s commitment is what the United Way needs.

However, she’s adamant that she can’t take all the credit. Darsey, who said she is grateful to be a part of a community that truly cares about people in need, was quick to praise the people who’ve worked tirelessly alongside her for the past few months and the companies who came through with contributions and provided support.

United Way local board chairman Anthony Burns, co-campaign chairs Cheryl Burris and John Scherer, UW assistant Kathy Lancia, local media outlets, CenturyLink, Target, the Liberty County Board of Education, Kroger, Georgia Power and the Liberty County government — just to name a few — all have done an outstanding job with the campaign this year, Darsey said. She expressed additional gratitude for her supportive and patient husband, Alan Darsey, who she said helps her with the campaign from beginning to end, and her daughters, McKaylin and Lily.

“This community will do more than just simply to say, ‘we care.’ We are willing to allow our compassion to move us to action — that is what this campaign proves,” the UW-Liberty director said.

The success of this year’s campaign will be felt around Liberty County. The United Way touches countless lives and is an essential part of this community. It supports nonprofit agencies that stock food pantries, provide shelter to the homeless, offer programs for children and assist the disabled.

It’s also obvious that the people coordinating the UW fundraising campaign aren’t the only ones who have recognized its importance. Kudos to Liberty County residents and businesses for pitching in and doing their part to support the organization and its work. The community will reap the rewards of your generosity in helping to make this campaign a true success story.

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