The Lake Area United Way announced Thursday it raised $4,973,000 in its 2012-13 annual campaign, topping its $4.7 million goal. Leaders of the community impact and fundraising organization said it was one of the most successful campaigns in recent years. The results were announced by 2012 Campaign Chair Aaron McDermott, president of Latitude Commercial Real Estate, at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. John Kennedy, director of business development, American Structurepoint, Inc, served as Campaign Co-Chair. Both serve on Lake Area United Way’s Board of Trustees.
More than 300 companies ran workplace campaigns and over 7,500 individuals contributed to this year’s campaign. “It has been inspiring for me to see so many people, companies and members of organized labor care for our community and give back,” said McDermott. “This campaign was a success because so many chose to get involved and give what they could.” “The success of this year’s campaign means United Way and its 31 member agencies and regional initiatives will enhance our results-driven work in the important community priorities of education, income stability and health,” said McDermott.
For a complete list of Lake Area United Way’s 31 member agencies and regional initiatives, go to: www.lauw.org