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United Way recognizes local contributors

Representatives of most benefiting agencies were present at the Crook County United Way Celebration Luncheon held last week at Meadow Lakes Restaurant. Representa-tives of companies and employers who were awarded appreciation plaques for the 2000-2001 campaign were also in attendance.
   The goal was to raise $25,000 and they actually exceeded their expectations by raising $27,908.
   "I'm so pleased that we not only reached our goal, but exceeded it in this rebuilding year for Crook County United Way. We appreciate the tremendous support of the business community this year, because without their participation and commitment we would have really struggled to support our deserving agencies," said Denise Reinhart, President of the Board of Directors.
   Receiving recognition at the luncheon were local businesses including; Bank of the Cascades, Western Bank, U.S. Bank - Prineville Branch, Cellular One, Employees of Crook County School District, Employees of Crook County, Amerititle, Miller Lumber, Myrmo and Sons, Employees of Pioneer Memorial Hospital, agents of the Associates Real Estate and Les Schwab Warehouse Center, Inc.
   Les Schwab Warehouse Center, Inc. received special recognition for their contribution totaling almost one-third of this year's overall contributions.
   Reinhart indicated that the first distribution of campaign donations will be made this month to member agencies.
   Crook County United Way concentrated on running this year's campaign with key businesses and employers in order to re-establish name recognition for the organization, and to reassure long-time supporters that the agency is intact and functioning. The board consists of 10 community members and Crook County United Way serves 17 agencies .
   "We do have several new agencies on board this year," Reinhart said. "We anticipate getting more business and employee groups involved in the campaign next year and increasing our visibility in the community so that everyone can be more aware of the program on a personal level."
   Nonprofit agencies interested in participating in 2001 United Way campaign this fall may do so by requesting an application by April 1 from Pam Pugsley at 447-7978 or Mike Mohan at 447-3299.