United Way falls short

A salute to donors and campaign workers the headlines from a United Way of St. Clair County campaign celebration held Thursday night. The group raised over $1.2 million but had been seeking about a hundred thousand more. Executive Director Doug Dolph says there were a couple of bumps in the fundraising road, with unforeseen factors at some existing companies. Nonetheless twelve new campaigns were added and seventy accounts increased donations. Leann Warner was the campaign chair for the season and Rebekah Smith, of the Lake Huron Medical Center, was announced as the new chair. There will still be a major fundraising campaign involving the sale of raffle tickets for trips on a Great Lakes Freighter. Winners will be drawn at the United Way’s annual meeting at the end of April. A March 17th annual event is also planned at Freighter’s in Port Huron with the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. The United Way provides funding for around 40 programs and services in St. Clair County which in turn serves residents in the area that are financially in need.