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United Way nears target in fundraising campaign

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The United Way of Chaves County came within striking distance of its $500,000 fundraising goal for its 2018 campaign, taking in $490,665.

Joe Neeb, who along with his wife, Beth, chaired the campaign, made the announcement Tuesday at the organization’s annual meeting Tuesday at the Roswell Civic and Convention Center. The amount exceeds the $443,141 raised in the 2017 campaign that was chaired by Ron and Licia Hillman.

Neeb told attendees at the meeting that included community leaders and representatives from a multitude of local community organizations, that many volunteers worked hard to make the campaign a success.

“We appreciate the support of our volunteers, each and every one of them that are in the room today,” he said. Neeb expressed appreciation to the Campaign Compadres who donated funds to help cover the cost of running the campaign. The Campaign Compadres were Albertson’s Market, Armstrong Energy, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Lovelace Regional Hospital, Pioneer Bank, The Toles Company, KOBR and Xcel Energy.

Neeb said he feels privileged to have chaired the campaign and that although the campaign is over, people can still donate. The campaign, he said, is only a short window of time.

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Three awards were presented at the meeting. Bobby Witchley, of the Assurance Home and Lauren Dillard of Wings for Life, were recipients of the Minor Huffman Caring Employee Award.

Juliana Halvorson of Pioneer Bank, who has done photography, shot video and volunteered with two dozen community organizations, received the 2018 Community Volunteer Service Award.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.  

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