(Capital Journal Staff Report, March 1, 2018)
Capital Area United Way reached its goal of raising a record $610,000 during its “Be Someone’s Hero” campaign which will help fund 20 nonprofits in Hughes and Stanley counties this year, Executive Director Christina Oey announced on Thursday.
“This year’s campaign was a challenge, as we knew we had a big goal to reach,” Oey said in a news release. “But once again, our community pulled together. Together, we changed lives and gave people hope for a better tomorrow.”
The funds totaled about $14,000 more than the record reached a year ago and this is the first time the area United Way exceeded the $600,000 mark in fundrasing, Oey said.
The 2017-2018 campaign was co-chaired by Ann and Michael Shoup who said, "We absolutely had no doubt this community would pull together to make the campaign a success. When members of our communities have the resources they need to succeed, the Capital Area is a better place because of it. We can’t express how humbled we are to be a part of this area and to raise a family in a giving community like this.”
The organizations supported by the Capital Area United Way include American Red Cross, Capital Area Counseling (Boys and Girls Club and Teen Court), Central SD Child Assessment Center, Community & Youth Involved Center, Feeding South Dakota, Girls Scouts-Dakota Horizons, Missouri Shores, Oahe Child Development Center, Oahe Inc., Oahe YMCA, Pierre Area Referral Service, Central SD RSVP, Sioux Council Boy Scouts, SD Discovery Center, Southeast Community Center, The Right Turn, Urban Indian Health and Western Resources for Independent Living.