St. Charles Herald-Guide

United Way announces campaign total

By Staff Report - March 1, 2006

The United Way of St. Charles has completed its 2005-06 Annual Campaign and once again, the community has responded in fine fashion by committing pledges and receipts totaling $2,119,036.49.

Also included in this figure are pledges to other United Way organizations, made by employees working in St. Charles Parish but living in surrounding parishes.

"This campaign was undoubtedly one of the most challenging in the history of the United Way of St. Charles," declared Denise Brodsky, Executive Director. "In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita our resources were stretched and our resolve challenged, but thanks to the spirit and generosity of our community, we have come through with flying colors. As we like to say at United Way, our friends and supporters know what really matters."

Joe Venable, Vice- President of Operations, Entergy, Waterford 3, served as Chairman and Gary Simmons, Vice President and General Manager of Valero, served as Co-Chair of this historic campaign. "Their leadership, dedication and commitment to the success of this year's campaign cannot be overstated," declared UWSC President Dennis Nuss. UWSC also recognizes with great appreciation the hundreds of hours that volunteers have given to make this achievement possible.

Please see attached Awards List of companies and organizations recognized for outstanding achievement at the celebration.

"We know that all contributors will be proud of the investment that they are making to make so many services possible in the upcoming year," said Mr. Nuss.

To achieve this magnificent total, pledges came from the following sources: industry, $1,843,508.64; business and commerce, $12,005.44; events, $49,462.32; hospital/government, $57,360.89; education, $78,508.46; personal , retiree, landowners and organizations, $8,755.00; and companies outside the parish, $69,435.74.

United Way of St. Charles is committed to achieving an impact on the greater community through expert volunteers and community leaders who assess local needs and distribute funds where it can have the greatest effect. Those community impact areas are as follows: promoting health, wellness and independence; strengthening the community and supporting families; assisting with basic and emergency needs; and helping kids succeed. United Way of St. Charles will distribute funding to agencies and programs that help to achieve designated goals in these impact areas during the coming year. Funding applications are currently being submitted for review by the volunteer community teams.