United Way of Mower County announced to a room full of stakeholders Wednesday that its 2014 Campaign brought in $1,145,920.00. The announcement came at the organization’s annual Victory Party held at the Hormel Historic Home.
“We did it,” said Diane Baker, United Way of Mower County’s Executive Director, of exceeding the organization’s $1.1 million goal. “How? One donor a time, one dollar at a time.”
The program highlighted outstanding corporate campaigns as well as campaigns with significant growth. Hormel Foods Corporate Office held its spot as the largest campaign donating $280,010. Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Austin saw the largest increase in donations while Austin City employees saw the largest increase in number of campaign participants. Mower County employees, McFarland Truck Lines, Inc., Grand Meadow Schools, Davis, Thoen, Kramer & Associates, as well as Hormel Foods Plant employees all received nods for double digit campaign growth.
The United Way will invest $947,006 of the funds raised back into the community – a $127,000 increase from last year.
Baker took her opportunity at the podium to thank everyone who participated in either a corporate or residential campaign. “We could not have achieved this spectacular result without you. Your contribution allows us to further our efforts in making Mower County a better community for us all.”
United Way of Mower County meets needs in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs by funding 57 vital community programs.