United Way celebrates goal-topping effort

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By Bobbie Lanham

Metro United Way volunteers gathered Thursday, Jan. 24, at Bluegrass Bowling, to celebrate the success of the current contribution campaign. The total for the Shelby County Metro United Way contributions, $300,517, exceeded the county goal by more than $11,000.

Metro United Way of Louisville president, Joe Tolan, congratulated Shelby County efforts. Joshua Kroll, Development Manager for Shelby, Oldham and Bullitt counties, also commended volunteers for their successful fundraising campaign.

Belinda Nichols, of Commonwealth Bank & Trust, Shelby County United Way team chair, thanked team members and volunteers for their work. She recognized local businesses that significantly increased contribution percentages. Logan's Uniform Rental increased its amounts for the year by 218 percent; Shelby Center for Disability Services, 93 percent; Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 87 percent; and Kentucky State Employees of Shelby County, 84 percent.

The top contributor for Shelby County was Martinrea, with $57,577; Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company, $25,874; Ledco, Inc., $25,325; and Barnes Distribution, $20,220.

Among other groups, United Way serves the Dorman Center, Operation Care and the Shelby Center for Disabilities Services. New services in the county will include a Youth Venture Team, a Shelby County Partnership Team and the Early Literacy Project.

Members of the Shelby County Metro United Way team were Belinda Nichols, chair, Matt Chandler, Beth Kovacs, Chris Waford, Frank Page, Brian Webb, Kathy Miracle, Victoria Schreiner, Melinda Cowherd, Les Nichols and Rosemary Riggs.