United for a successful campaign

The United Way of Jefferson County raised $445,229.60 during its 2013 campaign, exceeding the campaign goal of $440,000 and finishing at the 101 percent mark.

It is the highest amount ever raised in the county.

The news came Thursday evening during the annual campaign report and recognition dinner held at Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Steubenville.

The evening included remarks by Anthony Mougianis, the 2013 campaign chair who will continue in that capacity for the 2014 campaign; Beth Rupert-Warren, executive director; Ross Gallabrese, executive editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, who served as president of the United Way of Jefferson County board of directors for the past two years.

Dave France is assuming the duties as board president.

Former Executive Director Suzanne Kresser announced the Ohio United Way in Columbus is celebrating its 100th anniversary and has asked local United Way organizations to nominate special people to recognize this year. Kresser noted the Trinity Health System E.C.H.O. fund that has raised $200,000 during the past 27 years for the United Way has been nominated for the honor along with Darlene Coburn tapped for an individual nomination.

Colburn has served on the board of directors for nine years, became a division campaign chair in 1987 and has served as individual gifts campaign chair for the past 13 years.

The annual Top Dog Award was presented to the Indian Creek Local School District for raising the most money above the $1,500 mark.

Schools campaign chair Patricia Fletcher also named the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School as the Top Dog winner in the Indian Creek school district for raising the most money during the 2013 campaign. The Gopher award goes to the Steubenville City School District, and the school gopher award was presented to East Elementary School in Steubenville. Jefferson County schools have been raising money for the United Way of Jefferson County for the past 12 years.

Rupert-Warren announced the first Good Neighbor Award for the Cattrell Cos. and Huntington Bank.

The evening ended with a candlelight moment to recognize the United Way of Jefferson County’s 19 member agencies.