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United Way kicks off $1.5 million fundraiser

September 8, 2005

Albany - Americans opened their hearts and wallets to help the millions of victims of Hurricane Katrina. But, the United Way is also reminding people in south Georgia not to forget to give to local charities this year.

The United Way of southwest Georgia kicked-off its fundraising campaign with lunch and some laughs today, thanks to Barney Fife! United Way Chairman Vince Falcione just hopes that the Mayberry deputy won't have to put out a may-day call for United Way donations because of Hurricane Katrina. Major disasters, like this, can hurt some charities.

"During 9-11, we had a hard time raising the money that we needed because people just knew how important it was to give to 9-11 relief efforts," said Vince Falcione.

Falcione reminded the crowd that the United Way gives money to the two main charities helping hurricane victims, the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

"There are a lot real good agencies out there and a lot of people in need. We just need to bust are butts and make it happen this year," Falcione said.

The United Way hopes to raise $1.5-million during this year's campaign. That money will go to 39 area organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Scouts of America and Girls Inc.

"The United Way provides about 30% of our budget, so in order for the girls to participate in the various programs, the United Way is a big help for us," said Sandra Lowe with Girl Inc.

The United Way hopes southwest Georgians will not forget "what matters" and will help the thousands of people in need in own neighborhoods, communities and cities.

The United Way raised about $1.4-million last year and distributed that money to the charities it serves.

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