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Published: Thursday, 12/7/2006

United Way's 2006 campaign falls short, but exceeds last year

The United Way of Greater Toledo has ended its fund-raising campaign by besting last year s total for the second consecutive year, but fell short of its overall goal, officials announced today.

The 2006 campaign raised more than $13.6 million, compared with more than $13.3 million raised in the 2005 campaign. The 2004 campaign raised more than $12.3 million.

The last time United Way had two consecutive campaigns of increased giving was in the 1990s, agency officials said.

The agency, which serves Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood counties, announced a 2006 goal of $14 million when it kicked off the campaign in September.

Despite great increases at a number of companies, we fell just short of our $14 million goal, Bill Kitson, president and chief executive officer of United Way, said in a statement. However, United Way still has much to celebrate, including the number of lives that will be changed because of the generosity of our community.

Read more later in The Blade and online at toledoblade.com.

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