United Way makes ‘08 goal

CNJ staff

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico had to go into overtime, but it did reach its 2008 fundraising on Wednesday, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch.

She said the organization collected about $580,000 as of Wednesday, which is $15,000 over its campaign goal. The campaign, which had an original deadline of last Friday, was about $24,000 short and the organization opted to extend its deadline by a week.

“Since Friday we added about 30 donations from businesses and individuals,” Burch said.

The donation that pushed the organization over the top was a $30,000 pledge from Lonnie and Barbara Allsup, owners of the Allsup’s convenience stores.

“They continue to be our number one individual donors we were so happy to get their gift again this year,” she said.

According to Burch, Curry County donors gave about $487,000, which is about $32,000 more than last year. She said the organization received about $93,000 from Roosevelt County donors, which was about $23,000 more than last year.

“We are absolutely thrilled about exceeding the campaign goals,” United Way campaign chairwoman Jamie Ingle said.

Burch said the organization will keep collecting until Friday.

“All the giving is a sign of how the community is a caring community and looks out for each other. Every person who got us there helped us reach our goal,” Ingle said.

The organization will allocate the campaign funds to about 20 local charity groups in Curry and Roosevelt counties.