The 2012 fundraising campaign for the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County was a success, surpassing the goal of $1,310,000.
On Tuesday, United Way board members, volunteers, staff and invited guests gathered in the Sarita Weeks Reception Room at Jamestown Community College to celebrate the successful fundraising campaign, which raised $1,321,979. Vince Horrigan, campaign chairman, said 2,500 people donated money toward the campaign, which will help more than 31,000 people through 19 United Way-supported agencies.
''It is an overwhelming task. I'm grateful for the volunteers, the teams, the companies and individuals who came together,'' Horrigan said about reaching this year's campaign fundraising goal. ''When the need is there people dig deep, people step forward.''
Jonathan Scalise, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County board president; Cristie Herbst, retired editor of The Post-Journal, who was a United Way award recipient for contributions through the years; and Vince Horrigan, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County campaign chairman, are pictured during the 2012 campaign closing ceremonies in the Sarita Weeks Reception Room at Jamestown Community College Tuesday.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
The 2012 United Way campaign officially began last September.
''What a ride it's been,'' Horrigan said.
''The past year has been filled with so many special moments," Horrigan continued. "In the end, we got to witness firsthand what happens when a group of dedicated people commit themselves to a cause. Our volunteers are some of the biggest heroes I've ever been around. They continued to call on accounts and ask loyal donors if they could do a little more.''
Tory Irgang, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County executive director, said in early December, it seemed like the campaign was going to be short of reaching the fundraising goal. However, she said that is when Horrigan stepped forward and worked to gather more donations to reach the goal. Irgang called Horrigan refusing to fail, ''Vinceness.''
''This is how Vince approached the campaign. He refused to be discouraged,'' she said.
Jonathan Scalise, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County board president, thanked Horrigan for his service throughout the 2012 campaign.
''I can't think of a better person suited for the unique challenges of this campaign than Vince Horrigan,'' Scalise said. ''His leadership, tenacity and personality really helped carry this entire effort. He's a huge reason why this campaign was able to reach the goal.''
Campaign awards were presented to Allied Fire Protection and Cargill Animal Nutrition for employee participation. New donor awards were handed out to Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics and Bush Industries for conducting workplace campaigns for the first time in several years. Cristie Herbst, retired editor of The Post-Journal, picked up individual honors for her contributions to the United Way throughout her career. Other winners included Jamestown Public Schools for innovation; Northwest Jamestown Savings Banks for increased giving; Ring Precision Components for being the first company to finish its workplace campaign; and Wegmans for special-event fundraising.
For more information, visit www.uwayscc.org. To check out the 2012 United Way ''Thank You'' video, visit youtu.be/qUDqDejWKlc.