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United Way for Benton and Franklin Counties Kicks-Off 2009 Campaign

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PASCO, WA -- Despite a slumping economy, the United Way for Benton and Franklin counties has set a lofty goal for their 2009 fundraising campaign.

Their goal is to raise $4.6 million, an increase over last year's total of $4.33 million. The announcement was made at the United Way's 2009 Campaign Kick-Off breakfast Wednesday morning at the TRAC in Pasco.

The charity is also launching the new Cornerstone Program, which will enable corporations to designate their donations to cover United Way's overhead costs. By doing that, contributions from individual donors can directly support human services in the region.

"This is an incredibly generous community", said Beverly Weber, President and CEO of the Benton-Franklin United Way. "When times get tough, people in this community seem to reach deeper into their pockets because they realize those that have jobs are very fortunate and they want to give what they can".

 

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