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Hernando United Way beats fundraising goal with bank pledge

The United Way of Hernando County recently got some good news: Just as the agency was nearing the end of its fiscal year on July 1, a grant bumped pledges for the 2013-14 fundraising campaign over the $675,000 goal.

Bank of America stepped up with a $5,000 donation, the highest amount the financial institution's foundation provides.

"It pushed us over the edge in the best possible way, by a couple hundred dollars," interim executive director Angie Bonfardino said.

The new record compares with $674,000 raised the previous year, when the goal was $648,000.

Bank of America doubled its gift over last year, but Bonfardino said Publix Super Markets Foundation again provided the campaign's largest amount, an award of $163,400 to match individual gifts by employees at its eight stores in Hernando County.

"We love our Publix here," Bonfardino said, referring to the grocery chain's generous employees and the corporation's largesse.

Bonfardino said the new numbers represent pledges, the money not yet all in hand. Also, because some donor companies and individuals operate on other fiscal year calendars, more pledges are likely through Dec. 31.

A detailed accounting of the campaign will be presented at United Way's annual meeting July 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Meanwhile, a United Way grant review committee has interviewed social and human service agencies applying for funds; its recommendations are screened and voted upon by the board of directors.

"It's community dollars, so community members are the ones who decide where they should go," Bonfardino said.

She said there was a 7.6 percent cost of administering the campaign, meaning that 92.4 percent of contributions will go to local programs.

Contact Beth Gray at graybethn@earthlink.net.

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United Way monetary awards

This year's monetary awards from the United Way of Hernando County include:

Arc Nature Coast: $23,749 for residential support and $51,251 for community support

Catholic Charities: $15,000 for respite care and $425 for Foundations of Life

Civil Air Patrol, Hernando Squadron: $8,500

Dawn Center: $30,000.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Inc.: $8,000 for telecommunications relay outreach and distribution, and $10,000 for communications access assistance

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida: $5,000 for its healthy living initiative

Boy Scouts Gulf Ridge Council: $4,500 for healthy living education and $4,500 for community service and citizenship

Jericho Road Ministries: $30,000 for its food barn and $20,000 for emergency and transition shelter

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind: $15,000 for adaptive skills and training

Mid-Florida Community Services: $17,400 for its children's advocacy center, $21,400 for its family visitation center and $7,000 for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program

Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition: $6,000 for its information network.

United Cerebral Palsy: $20,000 for Hernando early intervention

Hernando County Family YMCA: $5,000 for elder wellness rehabilitation and $7,000 for Brooksville child care

Youth and Family Alternatives: $22,000 for its New Beginnings youth shelter and $25,000 for its 211 Hernando program

Additional funds are earmarked for United Way in-house programs, including the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the Community Health Improvement Plan Partnership, Stuff the Bus, Florida Kid Care, the Familywise Rx Discount Program and Money Mentors.

Hernando United Way beats fundraising goal with bank pledge 07/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:13am]
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