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Hopes high for United Way donations

September 5, 2002

Albany--United Way of Southwest Georgia plans to bounce back from last year's decline in donations.

The organization's annual campaign kicked off today at the Civic Center with the help of more than 300 people. The giving started right away with keynote speaker Earl Tillman who donated his 1,000 dollar paycheck to the United Way.

Last year, the Southwest Georgia chapter faced declining donations, many people choosing to help with the September 11th recovery. Chairman Jim Wilcox expects many people will return to giving to their local United Way, "We think the economy is returning and a lot of people, although appropriate to give last year to the national campaign, we think a lot of donations will come back local to take care of our local agencies we have to keep viable in Southwest Georgia."

United Way raised 1.5 million dollars last year, meeting 92 percent of its budget. This year, the Southwest Georgia Chapter hopes to raise 1.65 million, a nine and a half percent jump.

Posted at 4:15 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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