It's long overdue, but we hope that doesn't diminish the huge pat on the back, round of applause and standing ovation due Kenai Peninsula United Way donors and volunteers.
Last summer Kenai Peninsula United Way Executive Director Evy Gebhardt and campaign chair Bob Favretto announced the organization's fund-raising goal would be $475,000.
It sounded ambitious, maybe a little too ambitious.
Thanks to the generosity of peninsula residents and businesses, however, the goal was not only reached but exceeeded -- drum roll, please -- by $100,000-plus. Donations to the campaign topped $580,000.
That's something to celebrate.
Between employee contributions and corporate donations, two businesses -- BP Alaska and Peak Oilfield Service Co. -- gave more than $100,000 each.
But it's not just the big donations that matter, every dollar counts. And it took every donation -- regardless of size -- to ensure a successful campaign.
All of those dollars are used to make a difference for the good in lives of peninsula residents. The funds are distributed to 27 helping agencies, which are involved in youth programs, basic food and services, senior services, crisis intervention, health and rehabilitation, and family resource and education services.
In extending a helping hand to those who need it through those 27 agencies, United Way improves the quality of life for everyone on the peninsula.
Our sincere appreciation to all those involved in the campaign, particularly Favretto and Gebhardt, who inspired so many to give so much.
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