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United Way of Greenbrier Valley breaks record, raises over $300K in 2017

Lewisburg, WV – April 30, 2018 – March 31st marked the end of the United Way of Greenbrier Valley’s 2017 fundraising campaign, and the final numbers are something to celebrate. For the first time in its history, the non-profit which supports programs in Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties, surpassed the $300K mark.

Executive Director Erin Hurst couldn’t be happier. “So many positive things came together to make this a record-breaking campaign. It was the perfect combination of community and business participation. We have a lot of people to thank,” she says.

Certainly, there are many to thank for the United Way’s recent success. Ninety-six individual donors contributed a total of $123,767, representing just over 40% of the total $307,877 raised. Workplace campaigns organized by companies, schools, state organizations and partner agencies contributed another $72,944 to the total campaign. Grants received from the Daywood Foundation and Seneca Trail Charitable Foundation totaled $40K. Other income came in at $26,113.

Special events organized by the United Way brought in another $45,053. Fundraisers included the award-winning Lewisburg Chocolate Festival, the Dirt Dash/Rocky Ridge Trail Run, a harder-than-it-sounds trail race at Greenbrier State Forest; a Rock Fiddle concert featuring Adam DeGraff on the balcony of The Asylum; Empty Bowls, a hunger awareness fundraiser featuring the pottery of several local artists; the Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Cabin Fever Chili Cook-off in which United Way partner agencies compete for the titles of Best Chili and Bes