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United Way Celebrates 50 years Helping Columbia Basin

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PASCO, Wash.- The United Way is celebrating 50 years of service in the Columbia Basin.

Members held a celebration lunch Wednesday in Pasco.  

Leaders presented milestones for the organization's work over the past five decades, including the outstanding continued support from the community.  

They also announced they raised more than $4.4 million last year, about $100,000 more than their goal.

"We have historically ranked in the top 5% in terms of per capita giving to the united ways nationwide.   I think that just speaks about how much people really care about one another and care about the quality of life here in the Tri-Cities," said Beverly Weber, CEO of United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties.

They also recognized their new Distinguished Volunteer of the Year, Kennewick City Manager Bob Hammond.