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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Less than one week since announcing their annual fundraising campaign was within $50,000 of the $2,525,000 goal set last fall, two donors and a handful of staunch United Way of Indian River County supporters have stepped in issuing a challenge to the organization and the community at-large to help reach the mark.
At a campaign thank-you event on March 5, an anonymous donor hand-delivered a $10,000 check to Chief Executive Officer Michael Kint.
After the event, another donor who wishes to remain anonymous issued a challenge in two parts. The donor would make a gift of $10,000 if United Way was able to first find donors willing to match the gift.
Then, United Way was to publicly announce the Challenge Grant to the community, in order to secure an additional $20,000 in both new donations from existing supporters and new donations from first-time donors.
"This has re-energized the effort and we are so grateful to these two individuals, and the many friends and family that have stepped up since," said Mr. Kint. "I am pleased to announce that we've met Phase I of the challenge, securing $10,000 in commitments to match this gentleman's gift. Now, we're appealing to the community to help us raise the additional $20,000 in funds needed to reach the mark. I have every confidence we will."
United Way is the most comprehensive health and human services charity in Indian River County, and its role in the community is unique. It considers a broad range of health and human services and ensures programs effectively meeting those needs have a critical base of funding to serve local residents. United Way currently funds 42 programs aimed at advancing the common good.
The 2012-13 annual campaign officially ends the third week in May when the board of directors makes final decisions, based on recommendations from a comprehensive community investment process which engages more than 100 volunteers, allocating dollars to community programs and initiatives.
For more information, or to make a donation visit www.unitedwayirc.org , call (772) 567-8900, Ext. 21, or, via mail, P.O. Box 1960, Vero Beach, Florida, 32961.