United Way raises record $3.12 million in Howard County

March 23, 2001

The United Way of Central Maryland and Howard County have something to smile about with a record-setting 2000 Community Campaign, which raised $43.1 million - 5 percent more than last year.

Howard County raised a record $3.12 million, with help from some of the top county businesses and organizations.

"It's no coincidence that our community's strongest and most respected companies also run the best United Way campaigns," said Michael E. Waller, publisher and CEO of The Sun and chairman of the 2000 campaign.

With fund-raising fueled by employees, corporate contributors included the Rouse Co. ($538,609), the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory ($531,591), Manekin Corp. ($71,571), Citizens National Bank ($47,922), W.R. Grace Co. and Grace Davison, Curtis Bay ($297,343). Williams, an energy company, staged an eight-day, 2,000-mile bike relay from New York to Houston in September to raise money for United Way organizations in its service area. Locally, the company raised $265,500 for the Howard County campaign.

"The citizens of Maryland have shown they deeply care about each other and their community," said James B. Sellinger, vice president of Technical Sales Support for IBM Americas and chairman of the board of directors for United Way. "The success of this break-through campaign allows United Way to focus even more funding to programs in our four areas of impact, helping even more people in need."

In addition to three individual gifts of $100,000, the United Way's first $1 million gift was donated during the campaign.

The United Way is a nonprofit charity that responds to numerous community needs by funding agencies and providing services.

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