United Way Exceeds Campaign Goal

The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona announced it has exceeded its $9.1 million fundraising goal for the 2011-12 campaign.

The final numbers will be released at the Annual Board of Directors Meeting on June 27.

Tony Penn, President and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, thanked local corporations and individuals for their generosity. “As the poverty rate continues to climb in Southern Arizona, United Way and our partner agencies are being called upon to provide even more help.  This accomplishment allows us the opportunity to positively impact even more people in our community.”

United Way Board Chairman Neal Eckel, a local attorney, complimented the “outstanding job” accomplished by the campaign cabinet and Judy Rich, the President & CEO of Tucson Medical Center, who served as chair for the 2011-12 campaign.

“We were fortunate to have a group of committed volunteers across the region who rallied to make this campaign a success, as well as an incredibly hard-working staff.  On behalf of children, families and seniors who so desperately need this assistance, we’re thrilled and thankful.”

Rich said it was clear during campaign calls and employee meetings that people wanted to do their part, noting that higher employee participation has driven donation increases for Tucson Medical Center, GEICO, Tucson Electric Power, the Jim Click Automotive Team, the University of Arizona, Carondelet, QuikTrip, Cox and other major companies.

“United Way’s successful fundraising efforts prove that although the local economy hasn’t yet fully recovered from the depths of the past recession, Southern Arizonans are kind-hearted and willing to contribute to worthwhile causes,” she continued.

Rich, a nurse, said she cares deeply about the people who live in the community. “As a nurse, I have an extra dose of compassion because we see people when they are hurting, when they are the most vulnerable, when they are suffering. Similarly, monies given to the United Way help support the most vulnerable and the most needy in the community.”

Also contributing to this year’s success is greater Leadership Giving (gifts of $1,000 or more) among companies, and an increase in membership in the United Way Tocqueville Society, a group of local business and civic leaders who personally contribute $10,000 or more each year.

The chair of the Tocqueville Society is Cindy Parseghian, founder and president of the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.  “Over the past year, I have been humbled by the generosity of our donors that will allow United Way to help children from low-income families receive access to high quality early care and education, provide the tools for under-served youth to graduate from high school, and bring critical services to families and adults who desire self-sufficiency,” Parseghian said.

In Tucson and Southern Arizona, 100,000 people, or nearly one in ten residents, utilize the services provided by United Way funded programs.  For more information, please visit unitedwaytucson.org.

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