United Way surpasses annual fundraising goal
February 12, 2014 10:54 AM
by SAM KUSIC
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The United Way of Indiana County has announced that it raised $737,070 through its annual fundraising campaign, surpassing its goal by more than $2,000.

The amount was revealed this morning during the organization’s annual business meeting and breakfast, held at Rustic Lodge in White Township.

[PHOTO: Members of the 2013 United Way of Indiana County Board of Directors held up numbers this morning to represent the campaign total of $737,070. From left are Jenn Myers, Mary Beth Akbay, Denise Clawson, William Darr, Michael Clark, Janet Dougherty, Marilyn Dilg and Susan Scarnato. (Tom Peel/Gazette photo)]

“This community has come through for the United Way,” said Michelle Fryling, the fundraising campaign’s outgoing chairwoman. “I have never been more proud to call Indiana County my home than this year.”

The goal was to raise $735,000, and the money generated by the annual campaign is used to support programs run by the United Way’s 15 partner agencies. Those agencies include the Chevy Chase Community Center, Indiana County Catholic Charities, Indiana County Child Daycare, and Lifesteps of Indiana County.

“You’re the true heroes of this community,” Fryling said of the 15 agencies.

There were thanks aplenty during the breakfast, to the individuals and businesses who made contributions; to the board members, whose help made reaching the goal possible; and to the volunteers who helped put on the charity events that benefited the campaign.

And there was a special thank you to Michael Clark, the United Way’s outgoing president. He will remain a board member.

“What a great year it has been,” he said.

And what a great year it will be for retired IUP professor and administrator Diane Duntley, who won the campaign’s grand prize raffle, a nine-night Caribbean cruise.

[PHOTO: Michelle Fryling gave the final report at the annual meeting and awards breakfast today at Rustic Lodge in White Township. (Tom Peel/Gazette photo)]

With the 2013 campaign concluded, the United Way is heading into a new year with a new slate of officers, who were named during the breakfast.

They are: President Scott Valazak, of Indiana First Bank; Vice President Michelle Fryling, of Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Secretary Tracy Eisenhower, of the IUP Research Institute; and Bradley Peterson, of Indiana First Bank’s InFirst Advisors.

“We’re going to work hard,” Valazak told those in attendance. “It’s going to be a great year.”

Also on the board this year are: Jessica Clark, Bonni Dunlap, AnnMarie Everett, Sandra Gandolfi, Karen Greene, Richard Hartley, Dana Henry, Elizabeth Judge, Robert Kane, Robert Kanick, Robert King, Roxanne Lanning, Donald LoPresti, Jennifer Myers, Kelly Polando, Heather Reed, Joseph Reschini, Kevin Sergent, Gregory Sipos, Kay Smith, Charles Spadafora Jr., Michael Tshudy, Hal Wingard, Cornelius Wooten and Raymond Wygonik.

Myers and Spadafora will serve as the co-chairs of the 2014 campaign.

“We are very excited about upcoming campaign,” Myers said.

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