United Way kicks off campaign; sets $730K goal

VIENNA – The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley Wednesday kicked off its 2013-14 campaign and announced a goal of $730,000.

If last year’s is any indication of success in the future, officials should have no problem meeting the goal.

About 50 area officials and business leaders Wednesday morning attended the United Way’s campaign kickoff at the Grand Pointe Conference Center. Officials declared a 2013-14 goal of $730,000, about $8,000 more than last year’s goal.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, chairman of the United Way board, delivered a short, confident address to attendees.

“I know at the end of the campaign we will reach our goal,” she said.

Gnage was encouraged by the previous campaign’s success. In April, the United Way announced it raised more $768,000, exceeding the 2012-2013 goal by more than $45,000.

Gnage asked volunteers to make a difference in raising funds.

“Think about the difference it will make in our community,” she said.

Gnage was followed by Chad Smith, executive director of the YMCA. The YMCA is one of many entities that receive funding from the United Way.

Smith said the money the YMCA receives makes a difference to the families it serves.

Joyce Mather, executive director of the United Way Alliance, said the organization is in the people business. She also thanked the breakfast’s sponsors, Hughes Family Chiropractic, Camden Clark Medical Center, Grand Pointe and United Bank.

“The Mid-Ohio Valley is better place because of the United Way,” she said.