United Way of Bradford County meets its 2014 campaign goal.
The United Way of Bradford County has reached its goal of raising $425,000 for the organization's 2014 campaign, local United Way officials announced on Thursday.
"The United Way of Bradford County expresses our sincere gratitude to the community for their support of the United Way Campaign," local United Way officials said in a press release that they issued on Thursday. "We offer our thanks to every individual who has invested in their community through the United Way."
The money raised in the campaign will be distributed this year to 46 agencies.
The local United Way kicked off its 2014 campaign on Sept. 26.
The company that raised the most money for the campaign was Cargill, which raised $149,480, including a $10,000 corporate donation, said Kerri Strauss, executive director of the local United Way.
A total of 91 percent of the Cargill's employees are contributing to the United Way this year, the most of any local company that has an organized campaign to raise money for the United Way, she said.
The announcement that the 2014 campaign goal has been met was made at the United Way campaign's "victory celebration," which was held on Thursday at the American Legion in Towanda.
During the celebration, 13 donors to the United Way of Bradford County won raffle prizes, all of which were donated by local businesses, Strauss said.
The prizes included a $500 Tops gift card, donated by Tops; $400 in Procter & Gamble paper products, including Charmin, Bounty, Pampers, and Luvs; a $375-valued family membership to the Bradford County Branch YMCA; a $250 gas card donated by Dandy Mini Marts Inc.; a $200 VISA pre-paid card donated by DuPont Corp.; and a $200 VISA pre-paid card donated by JELD-WEN (formerly Craftmaster Manufacturing).
Anyone who is donating at least $1 a week in 2014 to the local United Way is entered into the raffle.
Anyone who is donating at least $2 a week in 2014 to the United Way was given two chances in the raffle, and anyone who is donating $3 or more a week was given three chances.
Most of the people who give to the local United Way donate through a weekly deduction from their paychecks.