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United Way exceeds goal, raises over $139,000

The United Way of McDuffie and Warren counties celebrated another successful fund drive Thursday, posting an "Over the Top" banner across the symbolic thermometer in downtown Thomson.

Main Street traffic slowed and even halted as United Way supporters and media snapped photos. The agency gathered pledges topping $139,000 in the campaign that began Oct. 1. That total exceeded the $136,600 goal by 1.9 percent.

Incoming Executive Director Riley Stamey said the thermometer has been placed on the First Citizens lawn for at least five years.

"The bank's been really good to let us put it here. It gets good exposure," he said.

Executive Director Charles H. Bellman announced that he is retiring from that post after about 10 years. Mr. Bellman has worked with charitable organizations in McDuffie, Richmond and Columbia counties for about 30 years. He said he is taking a break from fundraising work.

The United Way board of directors met at the Chamber of Commerce office immediately after the celebration.

United Way assists 15 organizations that provide health, food, housing and other services.

Web posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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