We surpassed our goal!

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The United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore announced it surpassed its $300,000 goal and presented awards to the top contributors recently at a breakfast held at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development building.

The 2015­-16 campaign concluded in April with a total of $307,100 that will be distributed to approximately 150 nonprofit organizations which provide a variety of services to Eastern Shore residents.

Funds go to provide emergency food and shelter, family counseling, health services, youth development and recreation programs in addition to many other services needed in the community. Costs are kept low with one part-time employee and the efforts of local volunteers. In the 25 years since the founding of the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, almost $6 million has been raised.

Co­chairman Robie Marsh and Mary McKenna thanked the businesses that conducted employee campaigns, the sponsors who covered the expenses for the campaign and the campaign committee and other volunteers who worked to raise funds.

Perdue was the top contributor to the campaign with over $36,000 raised for United Way. Raising over $15,000 were Tyson Foods and Riverside Hospital/Businesses that raised over $10,000 included Bayshore Concrete Products and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge­-Tunnel.

Bronze level recipients, or raising over $5,000, were Accomack County Public Schools, Eastern Shore Rural Health Systems and A&N Electric Cooperative.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Give Where You Live…Our Home, Our Future.”

More than 30 organizations conducted employee campaigns, and hundreds more individual contributors helped United Way reach its goal.

To learn more about United way, email Dawn Byrd at dbyrd@esunitedway.org or call 757-787-5622.

Top contributors to the 2015­16 United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore fundraising campaign are pictured with the co-­chairmen. Pictured (from left) are co-­chairman Mary McKenna, George Mackey of Perdue, Saadia Davis of Perdue, co-­chairman Robie Marsh, Nina Franceschi of Tyson Foods, Jennifer Annis of Shore Bank, Rollie Guinn of Tyson Foods, Shannon Lewis of Shore Bank, Sally Schreiber of Riverside Hospital, Paige Addison and Chase Sturgis of Chesapeake Bay Bridge-­Tunnel.

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