United Way campaign nears $450,000 in local fundraising

The campaign, which runs through the end of the month, is within reach of the goal of $460,000.

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WALLA WALLA -- It was a generous year for the Walla Walla Valley once again, according to United Way of Walla Walla County Director Liz McDevitt.

To date, the organization's 2011-2012 annual fundraising campaign has raised $444,735, an increase over the $441,680 raised last year.

The number is shy of the $460,000 goal, but the campaign remains open for donations through the end of the month.

Donations received after June 30 will go toward the 2012-2013 campaign, which will officially kick off in September, McDevitt said in a press release.

"We so appreciate the community's generosity and ongoing commitment to help meet critical local needs. Funds raised in the campaign stay in the community and support well-vetted programs that support and strengthen individuals and families in need."

Success came from the efforts of many volunteers and campaign co-chairs Wilber, Karen, Jason and Suzanne Pribilsky, McDevitt noted. "Their tireless efforts were instrumental in engaging a number of new givers."

So far, 1,354 individuals and 86 businesses have contributed to the campaign. Banner Bank's is the top workplace campaign again this year, with employees and the firm contributing a combined $40,891.

Successful employee campaigns at other sites include Key Technology, Walla Walla Public School District, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Macy's, Baker Boyer Bank, Bi-Mart, Whitman College, Walla Walla University, city of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Clinic and Walla Walla County.

Top corporate and trust contributors include Banner Bank, Stubblefield Trust, Baker Boyer Bank, Union-Bulletin, Key Technology, Macy's, Puget Sound Energy, Community Bank, Isaacs & Associates and Pacific Power.

For more information, call 529-1183.

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