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United Way exceeds $2.3 million fund-raising goal

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The goal was lofty, but the determination was great.

The United Way of the Lowcountry met and exceeded its yearly campaign goal for the first time in seven years.

The organization works year round to help more than 31,000 people in need. And now they'll have more money to help even more folks.

Whether it's through their Americorps early grade reading initiative or toy donation drive, the United Way of the Lowcountry is there for those who need them. But it takes financial support to do so.

 "I think everybody understands there are a number of people in our community who need help, who are certainly not as blessed as we are and together we have achieved that goal," said Tina Gentry, president and CEO of the United Way of the Lowcountry.

Back in September, the non-profit organization kicked off its $2.3 million campaign. It came down to the last 24 hours when an anonymous donor surprised campaign coordinators with a gift that put them over the top.

 "The community did this, the community rose to the occasion, they found generosity in their hearts, we're just so happy, so proud of everything the community has done," said Chris McCorkendale, board chair of the United Way of the Lowcountry.

This is also the first time in seven years the United Way of the Lowcountry has exceeded its fund-raising goal.

"The credit belongs to the volunteers that helped us both with the residential and the commercial campaign," said Bernie Kole, fund-raising Chair for North of the Broad River.

For those involved, they say it's an honor to be part of this great organization that pours out countless hours to support 33 agencies and 44 programs.

"It was a little bit of a nailbiter down to the wire and I especially have to give a shout out to you, WTOC and Sonny Dixon for giving the daily campaign updates, it really brought us across the finish line. Thank you very much," added McCorkendale.  

The United Way of the Lowcountry will celebrate their big news at their annual meeting in April.

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