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Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis announces 2016 campaign goal

 

SHILOH — The Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis has announced its 2016 campaign goal of $1.4 million.

The annual fund-raising campaign began with its seventh annual golf scramble on Thursday, Sept. 8, and will end in early November.

More than 150 golfers participated in the scramble, which was held at the Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea, raising nearly $20,000 for United Way’s campaign.

United Way’s Illinois Division serves the counties of Clinton, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair and helps more than 100,000 people within this area each year. Thirty health and human service organizations are supported by the Illinois Division’s annual fundraising campaign.

“United Way focuses on helping people throughout our entire region, not only by providing assistance with temporary needs but finding solutions to create lasting change,” said Ryan Russell Kemper, 2016 Illinois Division campaign chair and partner with Thompson Coburn LLP. “The work being done throughout the metro east is critical to the future of our local communities, which is one of the many reasons I’m honored to chair the Illinois Division campaign. I hope many people in our region will join me in supporting United Way and its member agencies.”

United Way of Greater St. Louis has an overall 2016 campaign goal of $75 million.

“We recognize the work that must be done, both short- and long-term, in order to help people move past the barriers preventing them from educational attainment, good health and economic stability,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Because of the generosity of thousands who support United Way, we can continue to help one in three people live their best possible lives and create a stronger, more thriving St. Louis region or all.”

United Way is able to invest more than $1 million each week in the community to create a solid foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, education, financial stability, health and strong communities. Last year, about 150,000 people and 2,400 businesses donated to United Way to collectively raise $74.3 million.

For more information or to pledge a donation, contact United Way’s Illinois Division at (618) 233-8441 or visit HelpingPeople.org.

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