United Way victory celebration

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The United Way of the Coastal Empire had a big celebration at the Hyatt Regency Savannah Friday afternoon.

The event marked the conclusion of United Way's annual fundraising campaign within its four county area.

Community volunteers announced their individual Unit Division reports and the grand total of this year's campaign was announced.

"This year we had a goal of $9 million. At the time it seemed reasonable, but we hit some head winds throughout the campaign and at the end it took everybody's effort, guardian angels on our last day, but we were able to pull through with a record $9.2 million. Great for the community. A lot of people are going to be helped with this money," said United Way President and CEO, Gregg Schroeder.

"It means an awful lot, because we now are able to do what we do in our service to the homeless at a high level, because we are able to receive allocation from the United Way based on what's been raised. It means an awful lot," said Steve Allison, Executive Director, Union Mission.

The money will help support more than 100 different programs and agencies throughout Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.

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