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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • United Way of Audrain County 2013 fundraising campaign closes

  • UW presents Dawn Foods with McIntosh Award at luncheon
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  • The Audrain County United Way 2013 fundraising campaign officially closed Thursday, slightly under the proposed goal but still with impressive figures.
    This year's goal was set at $125,000 and $104,603 was collected.
    Given the current state of the economy, campaign organizers said they are still pleased with the final count, and optimistic that all 17 of the non-profit organizations supported by UW dollars will be properly funded.
    Thursday, UW board members, supporters and committee members met in the community room of the Audrain County Courthouse to recognize Mexico's major employer division, the public sector and general businesses and the amounts collected by each entity.
    Audrain Medical Center, the county's largest employer, raised $14,252. Mexico Plastics pulled in $12,500 and Dawn Foods collected $8,750 – which was $3,700 over their suggested goal.
    Businesses that attained their goals, plus some, included: Consolidated Electric ($4,938); First National Bank ($4,419); Teva ($4,000); Martinsburg Bank and Trust ($1,265); Commerce Bank ($2,581); and US Bank ($1,000).
    Other local employers that just barely missed their goals, but still garnered impressive amounts included: AmerenMo ($9,754); Hickman's IGA ($2,565); Brookstone ($1,576); United Credit Union ($1,517); Bank of America ($1,000); Missouri Military Academy ($950); and AT&T ($250).
    Monies collected from the general businesses, the public sector, individuals and special gifts, United Way agencies, the farm community, clubs and organizations, residents in the Martinsburg and Laddonia areas and others totaled $33,925.
    Organizers say that several donations have yet come in.
    "It's always a challenge to raise money, when there is so much need in the community seeking funds. This year, we had 12 agencies that reached or exceeded their goals, which means a lot of people put in a lot of hard work," said Audrain Medical Center CEO and United Way 2012 Campaign Chairman Dave Neuendorf. "We are thankful to all of those individuals. Our mission as a community has always been to help those less fortunate, and I am proud to be involved as that mission continues."
    Each year, Audrain United Way sponsors the Robert McIntosh Corporate Citizenship Award, which challenges the employees of local businesses to increase their contributions, pledge amounts, and payroll deductions. The business that wins the award earns bragging rights and the honor of displaying the traveling trophy in their office for one year.
    This year's recipient is Dawn Foods. The plant's suggested goal was $5,000, but by the end of the fundraising campaign, they had donated more than $3,000 above their goal.
    "We have some great folks who have some great commitments," said Dawn Foods Plant Manager Forrest Maisells. He and three other plant officials were present to receive the award.
    This year, the United Way charity had so many groups that "went above and beyond the call of duty," Neuendorf said, that UW created a new award to recognize the efforts displayed. The award, called the Director's Award, is aimed at recognizing these individuals for their efforts. The winner of the first Director's Award is Consolidated Electric. The company's goal was $3,900 and its current amount collected totals $4,938.

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