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United Way exceeds fundraising goal with $61 million

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

United Way of Greater Cincinnati exceeded its 2012 campaign goal, raising $61.05 million.

"It's clear this community cares and continues to recognize the collective impact we can make to align and achieve Bold Goals for our Greater Cincinnati Area," said campaign chair David Joyce, president and CEO, GE Aviation. "Thanks to your support, we have safely landed this campaign.

Joyce announced the results to more than 800 volunteers, donors, agency and community partners and staff at United Way's campaign finale luncheon today at the Duke Energy Center.

Strategies to reach this year's goal included the availability of the Bold Goals Challenge Match for all new gifts and any existing leadership gift that reached a new leadership level. That match was made possible by AIM MRO Holdings, Inc., BASF, Belcan, Cassidy Turley, Catholic Health Partners, Central Bank, Convergys, Dubois Chemical, Duke Energy, GE Aviation, Ilsco Corporation, Intelligrated, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Luxottica, Omnicare, Inc., P&G, UC Health, and Western & Southern Financial Group.

In addition, the 2012 campaign team successfully executed on three key strategies to meet the target: More Leaders, More Companies and More People.

The event also included presentation of the Clement L. Buenger Award for Leadership in Education to Lee and Shannon Carter. Lee Carter is a retired president of Gray Advertising, and Shannon Carter is founder, with her Leadership Cincinnati class, and recently-retired president and CEO of Crayons to Computers.

Northwestern Mutual/The Kelley Financial Group and Pomeroy were also recognized with Community Care Days awards for Excellence in Volunteering.

Funding decisions for local result-producing programs, services and strategic initiatives will be announced in December and implemented in January 2013. 

The campaign is a fundraising partnership of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. The campaign began August 22.

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