United Way on track

By Todd Cohen

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Holding steady in a tough economy, United Way of Cumberland County aims to raise $4,085,000 in its annual drive that kicked off Aug. 26.

Chaired by Col. George Quigley, U.S. Army, retired, the drive aims to recruit more donors giving $1,000 or more, and to enlist small businesses that have not been involved in United Way.

Last year’s drive raised $4.1 million and exceeded its goal by $100,000, thanks in large part to a strong Southeastern North Carolina Combined Federal Campaign that raised $1,975,000, says Bob Pantano, United Way president and CEO.

The goal for this year’s federal campaign, which reaches about 56,000 potential donors in an 11-county area and is chaired by Lt. Gen. John Vines, commanding general for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, is $1,850,000.

A committee chaired by Jessie Byrd, a certified public accountant with Haigh, Byrd, aims to increase by about 10 percent the number of donors giving $1,000 more, Pantano says.

The number grew to 140 last year, up by five from 2001.

Pantano also wants to get roughly 25 new small businesses involved in the drive.

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