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United Way of the Lowcountry celebrates fundraising success

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

For the first time in seven years, the United Way of the Lowcountry is celebrating the success of surpassing its $2.3 million fundraising goal at its annual event.

It's been an incredible five months for the non-profit organization.

Two point three million dollars is a big number, but it's more than that; this money will go toward supporting 33 agencies and 44 programs.

And it's all because of the community that there could be a celebration today.

"We are just so grateful for the millions and millions of dollars that we were able to raise this year and grateful on behalf of the 31,000 that we're going to be able to serve with that money," said Tina Gentry, President/CEO of the United Way of the Lowcountry.

There are also a lot of new things in store for the United Way of the Lowcountry.
In addition to naming a new board chair today, the campaign announced its new fundraising goal: $2.4 million dollars.

There are so many people that worked in front and behind the scenes to make the campaign a success. Those people were recognized for their hard work Thursday night.   

Outgoing Board Chairman Chris McCorkendale shared the highlights of this past year, including the Early Grade Reading Initiative, which earned a 97 & 98 percent success rate in Beaufort and Jasper County.

It's a great ending and beginning to a new fundraising campaign with a new leader.

"It's an exciting time for the organization, we feel like we're making a great impact in the community. As chairman of the board, I really view it as our responsibility that donations are turned into lives saved," said incoming UWLC Board Chair Ashley Twombley.
The United Way of the Lowcountry will also be taking on four more agencies to support, so with great accomplishments come great expectations.

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