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Press Release: 2013 Campaign Largest Ever

United Way Projects Largest
Fundraising Campaign Ever

2012-13 Campaign projected to surpass $6 million

ERIE, PA (May 14, 2013) - United Way of Erie County today announced the 2012-13 Community Campaign is projected to be the most successful fundraising effort in the organization’s 98 year history. It will mark only the second time it has ever surpassed $6 million.

“Throughout the campaign, we heard how people were excited by our bold vision to reduce poverty,” said Bill Jackson, president of United Way of Erie County. “The phenomenal results of this year’s campaign demonstrates how our community was inspired to join our movement and advance the common good in Erie County.”

United Way of Erie County’s 2012-13 Campaign was led by Campaign Chair John Skory, now the regional president for The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company after he was promoted from his position as regional president for Penelec. “It was an incredible honor to serve as United Way of Erie County’s campaign chair,” said Skory. “I am so thankful to every individual and every organization who invested in this year’s campaign. Erie County has a bright future ahead of it, thanks to the genorosity of all of you.”

United Way of Erie County today also announced that local small businesses have given more than $15,500 to the 2013 Chamber Challenge. This collaboration with the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership sought to raise $10,000 by encouraging 100 companies to give at least $100 to United Way to accomplish its goal to reduce poverty in Erie County. “The joint work of United Way of Erie County and the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership is critical to our community’s future,” said Skory.

About United Way of Erie County:
United Way is a leader in reducing poverty in Erie County by creating opportunities in the building blocks for good life: Education, Income and Health. United Way is directing its resources to reduce poverty in Erie County by 2025. Additional information about United Way of Erie County and its programs and initiatives can be found at UnitedWayErie.org.

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