The United Way of Blount County campaign for 2007-08 came in more than $8,000 over goal with a final tally of $2,158,705.
Campaign chair Dave Bennett announced the total eclipsed during the victory celebration held at Alcoa First Baptist Church Friday afternoon.
“This is going to make a tremendous difference in the community,” he said. “Next year during the kick-off breakfast there will be someone sitting there whose life has been forever changed because of this money.”
Bennett took time to recognize United Way of Blount County Executive Director Sandra Davis as she is retiring after this campaign. “This is Sandra’s last campaign victory lunch. Blount County would not be the same without Sandra Davis.”
Bennett said that he respected Davis before he got to work with her, but working with her as chair of the campaign only caused his respect for her to grow.
“She’s tireless. She’s professional. I learned so much getting to work beside her and with her. I’ve got three words for you Sandra: We made it,” he said before announcing the total.
The different division chairs announced their totals before Bennett gave the overall campaign total.
** Special Gifts and Residential Division -- $146,056.
** Professional Division -- $121,885.
** Public Service Division -- $226,256. The city of Maryville and its employees won the Government Red Tape Award by raising the most of all three of the governments with $89,213, chair Joe Huff said.
** General Business -- $164,768.
** Industry and Building Trades Division -- $218,355.
** Commerce Division -- $297,691.
** Alexis de Toqueville Society -- $230,750.
** Pillars Society -- $472,713.
** Major Firms -- $955,942.
Bennett thanked the loaned executives who volunteered their time to work with different companies on their campaigns. “What you’ve done is going to make a tremendous amount of difference in the community next year,” he said.
Bennett thanked all the division chairs. “Each one of you I consider a close personal friend, and I consider each of you family,” he said. “Thank you very much.”
For photos and more on the United Way campaign, see Thursday's Blount Today.