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Couple offers matching fund for United Way

October 8, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE -An area couple has offered $10,000 for a matching fund for the United Way of Jefferson County.

"This is the third year the couple has offered a matching fund. Two years ago they offered $5,000. Last year they increased their offer to $6,000 and for this year's campaign, the couple, who wish to remain anonymous, increased their offer to $10,000," explained Ame Taggart, interim director of the United Way.

"The fund will be used to match any new contribution for this year's campaign or any contribution by a donor in excess of the previous year's donation. We will hopefully see $10,000 in contributions increased to $20,000 through this matching program," noted Taggart.

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A MATCHING OFFER — An anonymous couple will match up to $10,000 in new or increased contributions to the United Way of Jefferson County’s current campaign. Looking over the latest donation figures in the United Way office are Darlene Colburn, the cabinet campaign chair for individual gifts, left, and Ame Taggart, interim director of the United Way. - Dave Gossett

Darlene Colburn, the United Way's cabinet campaign chair for individual gifts, is the contact person for the anonymous couple.

"The husband and wife have felt blessed in their lives and want to give back through the United Way. This is an excellent way to support the United Way. I'm very glad the couple chose our United Way to support through their generosity. We hope more individuals decide to contribute directly to our United Way campaign or to contribute to a matching fund like this one," said Colburn.

The goal for the 2013 campaign is $440,000, and Taggart said the campaign is now at the 30 percent mark.

"We are all working hard to meet this year's goal and we are encouraged by this anonymous matching fund. It shows people in our community care about the United Way and are willing to support our agencies," said Taggart.

"Several local businesses also offer a matching program for every dollar pledged to the United Way by their employees. And, several businesses offer a 50 percent match to their employees' donations," explained Taggart.

Ross Gallabrese, president of the United Way's board of directors, hailed the anonymous matching fund as "special for our 17 United Way member agencies."

"Just imagine a $25 increase from a donation from last year, or a new donation of $25 will become a $50 donation. And. a new $100 donation will become a $200 donation. That will have a significant and positive impact on our member agencies as they work to help those in need," cited Gallabrese.

Taggart said anyone interested in making a new or increased contribution to the campaign can call the United Way office at (740) 284-9000.

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