United Way exceeds its goal

Director says $350,000 in donations is not unrealistic

Not only did the Craig community help the Moffat County United Way reach its annual fund-raising goal of $320,000, the group exceeded it.

Executive Director Corrie Scott said she has $340,000 in donations and still is accepting more.

"It could be close to $350,000 by the time we're done," she said. "So we're excited about that. It's a wonderful year."

The largest donors for Moffat County, in order from the largest, were Twenty Mile Coal Company, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Colowyo Coal Company, Trapper Mining Inc., Excel Energy and Seneca Coal Company.

All of these companies received donations from their employees, then the corporations matched their donations 100 percent.

"It all starts with the employees," Scott said.

"If they don't contribute to United Way, the company doesn't."

Although the total from the campaign is down from last year's $367,000, Scott said she's pleased with the final number, because the goal was the minimum her organization needed to operate comfortably in the coming year.

"We're delighted," she said. "Any time we go over our goal, we're very pleased."

United Way supports many local agencies and provides support to those in need in Moffat County.

"Nonprofits can always use the money no matter how much you raise," Scott said.

"We will put the money to good use. We thank everyone for giving."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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