SIKESTON - Despite raising the bar, the Sikeston Area United Way once again exceeded its goal for the 2004-2005 campaign.
The goal was $78,000 for this campaign, up $2,000 from the previous couple of years, according to Glenna Shy, campaign director.
"We finished with $82,614," she said. "We're at 106 percent - we're really thrilled. We need to exceed our goal because of outstanding pledges."
"I appreciate the generosity of everyone that gave to the United Way to help us make our goal, and for all the people that worked their areas and did that so diligently so we were able to come up with the funds for our agencies," said Sarah Buchanan, chair for the 2004-2005 campaign.
While some contributing industries left the area, Tetra Pak was a big help in making up some of the difference, Shy reported.
"The donation from Noranda that we got this week really put us over the top," Buchanan said. "They are one of our biggest contributors."
Greg Comer, United Way board member, agreed. "They're a major contributor," he said. "They do a payroll deduction which really helps out."
Having served as the chair for two previous campaigns, Buchanan noted this campaign did not go as much over the goal as in previous years.
"It was just a little bit slower this year," she said. "At least we met our goal and exceeded it. The way the economy is and everything I think we did very well - I'm pleased with it."
Money raised by the Sikeston Area United Way stays in Southeast Missouri, Shy said, and is divided between receiving agencies based on need.
As always, feeding the elderly has remained an important priority for the United Way with aid going to nutrition centers in Sikeston, East Prairie, New Madrid, and Portageville.
Other agencies that benefit from the money raised by this year's Sikeston Area United Way campaign include: Bootheel Counseling Services, Boy Scouts of Southeast Missouri Council, Delta Area Blind, Foster Grandparents Program, Girl Scouts Cotton Boll Council, the House of Refuge for Abused and Battered Women, Kenny Rogers Children's Center, the Scott County Transit System, the Sikeston Rescue Mission, Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence, and the YMCA of Southeast Missouri.
"I wish the new chairman for next year, Lee Bowman, success in his campaign," Buchanan said.