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United Way volunteers had record-breaking year

The people who volunteer to help raise funds for local United Way agencies take their community role seriously. That soberness was evident Friday when United Way of Morgan County celebrated having a record year for pledges. Underlying that achievement, however, seemed to be the feeling that United Way may have let down the people in the 32 agencies who depend on these tireless workers to stir the community's collective consciousness. They didn't meet goal.

Let's celebrate anyway! It was a heck of a year.

Given all the unexpected individual and corporate gifts to help care for hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast, United Way still set a $1,927,000 record, which was about $23,000 more than the previous year.

The elusive $2 million goal will come, perhaps this year with Publix store manager Sam McMullen leading the campaign. Hopefully, he won't have to deal with hurricanes and the other factors that kept workers from reaching the 2005 goal.

In the meanwhile, we congratulate President Jim Fincher, Campaign Chairman Kem Carr, Ira Lay Award recipient Max Banning and Allen Stover whose work earned him the John Abbott Award. Mr. Stover was co-chairman of loaned executives, who are essential to a winning campaign.

Thanks to each worker for taking your civic role with United Way so seriously.

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