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April 23, 2013

United Way meets $10,000 Eady challenge grant

Corsicana — United Way of Navarro County campaign co-chairs Bryson Morrison and Lori Haynie announced Tuesday the agency had met a $10,000 challenge grant issued by the J. Tom Eady Charitable Trust for the 2013 United Way campaign.  

The trust offered to match new contributions by individuals and businesses, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. The agency has made a concerted effort to expand its donor base in the community the past several years.

Morrison and Haynie credited United Way Executive Director Marianne Mitchell for her hard work in soliciting new donors and initiating creative fundraising ideas such as “United We Dine” restaurant promotions and the recent “Be Fashionable, Live United Fashion Show and Expo.”  

“This is the hardest we have had to work to reach our goal due to the extended downturn in the economy,” Morrison said. “Our agency partners have definitely felt the effects of more people needing assistance, so reaching our goal is more important than ever.”

This year’s United Way goal was $366,500 to support 17 different programs offered by 13 local non-profit agencies touching all segments of the community. It also supports United Way’s year-round efforts in community development and non-profit educational seminars.

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