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United Way to celebrate campaign finale, give away car and awards

Posted Feb. 25, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — United Way of Eastern Maine  is proud to celebrate its campaign finale 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

United Way said in a press release it’s been a successful, though challenging, year raising money for the greater communities of Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock and Waldo counties.  This event is a chance for UWEM to give thanks to the many volunteers, contributing individual donors and participating local businesses that made it possible for this year to work so well.

UWEM is excited to announce its resulting accomplishments at the finale as well as recognize several of the most dedicated, standout campaign contributors and volunteers. In addition, UWEM is very pleased to give away three great prizes to three individual contributing donors.

Anyone who gave $5 a week or more goes into a drawing for a brand new 2013 Dodge Dart SE generously donated by Darling’s. Anyone who contributed $3 a week or more will be entered to win a Bar Harbor getaway featuring 2 nights at the Bluenose Inn and $250 cash card from Camden National Bank. Donors who invested $2 a week or more will be entered to win a $500 gift card from L.L. Bean.

John Dougherty, UWEM campaign chairman, commented in the press release, “This is the night we celebrate our successes. On behalf of the campaign cabinet and the community we serve, I need to say how grateful we are for the generosity and support of the local companies we work with.” John is the Principal of Dougherty Project Management and longtime United Way donor.

UWEM knows that members of the Eastern Maine communities want to help their neighbors. UWEM President John  Kuropchak noted in the press release, “I need to thank all of our volunteers and donors who made this campaign so successful. Our experience has shown that to be successful one has to deal with the underlying cause of problems to create lasting change in people’s lives. I’m talking about the change that translates to healthy, educated and financially responsible community members. I know for a fact that this change can not happen without the dedicated commitment of our volunteers, donors and staff. We all have to work together to reach the greatest results.”

UWEM works to help foster positive community impact through lasting change. By funding programs, coordinating volunteers, leading community collaborative initiatives and supporting key work in the communities of Eastern Maine, United Way is working to improve education, income, and health.  Everyone wins when children succeed in school and when families have the opportunities and resources to remain healthy and financially stable.

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