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United Way donations strong despite economy

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A successful United Way campaign will mean more money for 36 partner agencies around southwest Georgia.

Thursday in Albany, the United Way announced their corporate campaign raised 1.2 million dollars. That's the same as last year even with the loss of Cooper Tire, one of the largest contributors. Other companies stepped up.

The City of Albany increased contributions by 50 percent and Pfizer's 71 new Albany employees donated $30,000.

"Our local employees in the ThermaCare organization are committed to being good corporate citizens and going into the transition of the Pfizer business that's one of the places employees wanted to make sure we remained consistent," said Andre Stevenson, Pfizer HR/Logistics Manager.

"It hits home when you explain how many people have boys in Boy Scouts, how many have daughter in Girl Scouts, how many who really use the services that receive funds it really does hit home with people," said Suzanne Davis, Albany Recreations & Parks Director.

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital held its first employee campaign this year and Publix upped their donation by 13 percent. The United Way Board will meet next month to start making allocations.

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