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United Way tops goal, raises just more than $15.6 million

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at 1:32 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

The goal was $15.6 million; they made it, by $1,613.

But as United Way of the Plains president Pat Hanrahan put it during Friday’s Campaign Victory Luncheon, a win is a win, especially with so many local businesses recovering.

Hanrahan said it is a tribute to the community of south-central Kansas that United Way met its goal to help those in need, raising $15,601,613 to help everyone including hungry children, substance abusers trying to get clean or battered women in need of shelter.

That amount exceeded last year’s target by $500,000.

The achievement is worth noting, United Way chairman John O’Leary said. Some companies and their employees, such as Hawker Beechcraft, gave in spite of suffering tough economic hardships. Some companies exceeded their giving goals by considerable margins.

In talking to people as he headed the donation drive this year, O’Leary, a vice president at Airbus Americas Engineering, said he got a good handle on what local businesses think about the national economy as he talked with people about United Way.

“Uncertainty,” he said. “No one knows what’s going to happen.”

But in spite of that, they gave anyway, he said.

“They said they didn’t know what was going to happen with their companies, but that they knew they wanted to give to those in need,” he said.

Reach Roy Wenzl at 316-268-6219 or rwenzl@wichitaeagle.com.

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