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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - United Way of Indian River County raised the largest amount of money in support of Indian River County's health and human service agencies since before the recession hit the Treasure Coast.
Topping $2.4 million, the just ended 2011-12 annual campaign will allow the agency to increase its investment to its 42 sponsored programs.
In announcing this achievement, Michael Kint, CEO, reported a flurry of donations and events in support of United Way over the last few weeks helped lead the campaign to this monetary milestone.
Some of these gifts and events include: a $25,000 gift from The Gloria Estefan Foundation on behalf of Gloria and Emilio Estefan; a Triple A charity baseball game at Holman Stadium raised approximately $12,000; a charity softball game by the lawyers and doctors of the community (Jawbones vs. Sawbones), an unexpected gift of $10,000 gift from a longtime supporter of United Way, and many other gifts from both individuals and local businesses.
"I can't remember a spring so chock full of activity and good will," said Mr. Kint.
The annual campaign co-chairs, Chris and Don Loftus and their campaign cabinet made up of more than 15 community leaders, were anxious to make it to the $2.4 million mark, mostly due to the fact that so many agencies rely on the grants they receive from United Way's campaign.
United Way currently provides critical support to 42 programs at 32 partner agencies.
With the end of the 2011-12 annual campaign, United Way hit another milestone having raised more than $43 million in its 51 year history.
The money raised during this year's campaign will be distributed to 32 partner agencies.