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CELEBRATION OF GIVING: United Way celebrates a banner year

July 10, 2013

Whitley County’s United Way held its Annual Celebration of Giving Tuesday. After exceeding its campaign goal of $190,000, Executive Director Cindy Baker, thanked the many financial contributors and updated those at the breakfast on the many successes the United Way has had throughout the year. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofit’s Annual Celebration of Giving.

At that time, she was new to her role as executive director. Fast forward a year to the 2013 annual breakfast — Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.

“It really isn’t about me. I am just one person,” Baker said. “It really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.”

Each year, the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser generates monies that are then spread among several organizations within the county.

For the 2012 campaign, the United Way exceeded its goal of $190,000, raising a total of $205,385.

“For me it’s not about the money,” Baker said. “It’s about what we can do for the community. The amount of money each of us could give individually is multiplied when given to the United Way.”

When setting the 2012 goal, Baker set the mark $30,000 higher than the year before. It seemed like a “lofty” goal at the time, but Baker had faith in the county.

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