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United Way of the Coastal Empire exceeds campaign goal

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The United Way of the Coastal Empire announced Friday it exceeded its 2012 campaign goal and raised $8,927,246. That's five percent more than the $8.5 million organization raised in 2011 and is $150,000 over this year's goal of $8,777,007.

United Way's President and CEO Gregg Schroeder said, "I think this year, maybe more than any other year, we had a lot of great excuses we could have used as to why we didn't make it. I don't think the economy has come back as strongly as people thought it was going to, we've had a lot of our loyal military troops deployed, we had this impending fiscal cliff, the stock market hasn't exactly cooperated, we had a hurricane disaster in the Northeast. So we really had a lot of good reasons why we could have not made it, but the people of this community rallied and came together at the end. It wasn't looking very promising, truthfully, Monday or Tuesday of this week, but in the end people came through and we're very, very grateful."

The funds raised by United Way support over 100 programs and services across Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Funds raised will be invested to help children and youth achieve their potential, improve people's health and wellness, help families and individuals become financially independent and support families and neighborhoods with programs that provide food, clothing, shelter, and other basic necessities of life.

WTOC's Meteorologist Big John Wetherbee served as the Master of Ceremony for the United Way of the Coastal Empire's victory celebration, which was held Friday at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

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