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Local United Way at half-way point in its fund-raiser

Josh Nichols

The Moffat County United Way is about halfway through its campaign season, and it’s about halfway to its goal.

Corrie Scott, executive director of the local United Way, said the agency’s $300,000 goal for 2002 is obtainable.

“So far, everywhere we’ve campaigned (people and businesses have) donated at the same level or higher than last year,” she said. “We feel very optimistic about where we’re at so far and don’t expect any problems reaching our Nov. 22 goal.”

About $150,000 has been raised so far, she said.

The first local corporation approached this year the pace setter was Colowyo Coal Company, whose employees pledged $68,000.

Moffat County employees pledged $12,500, up from the $8,000 they pledged last year.

“We did great,” said Lila Herod, a United Way board member and Moffat County employee. “It helped a lot that we did the early sign-up at the county picnic.”

The county easily topped its $10,000 goal, which was set going into the campaign, Herod said.

Contributions from other local agencies and businesses include:

The city of Craig, $9,300.

Trapper Mine, $37,000.

The local Xcell Energy Corporation, $18,000.

Twenty Mile Coal Company is in the midst of its campaign and so is the Moffat County School District, Scott said, while Tri-State will begin its campaign at the end of the week.

The fund drive will continue this weekend with a duck race at noon Saturday at Jackson’s Office Supply.

People can sponsor a duck for $100, which goes to the United Way.

United Way funds were distributed to 36 local organizations last year.

A few of those organizations included Advocates Crisis Support Services, Horizons Specialized Services, The Visiting Nurse Association, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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