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United Way exceeds its fund raising goal

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County exceeded its 2015 Campaign goal, although just barely, representing an increase in giving for the sixth straight year, the agency announced Thursday night.

The campaign raised $14,518,426, passing its $14.5 million goal. Last year the United Way raised $14.473 million.

The current total came from a combination of employee workplace campaigns, corporate and foundation support and several special programs designed to support the United Way and its partner agencies.

Those special events included checkout-scanning programs at local groceries, which increased by 10 percent from the previous year; Buffalo Bills 50/50 raffles held at home games, raising 55 percent more than last year; and the annual Spring It On campaign, a 24-hour online fundraising effort.

“We are thrilled with the increased level of participation, both in donations and in volunteer efforts that help us raise these funds and help to make our community a better place to live,” stated Michael Weiner, United Way president and CEO.

The campaign was led by volunteer co-chairs Jay McWatters, from Dopkins and Co., and Susan O’Sullivan, from Ingram Micro.