The United Way will hold a victory celebration next Tuesday for major corporate and individual donors.
The event will take place Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jesuit Hall in Washington, according to Kim Strubberg, executive director.
This year’s goal was $1,000,060 in honor of the organization’s 60th anniversary.
The campaign brought in $1,040,723, thanks to an influx of new dollars and contributions from steadfast supporters.
The 2013 goal was surpassed by $40,663. The total is a 7.3 percent increase over last year’s initial attainment of $969,709, and 4 percent over the $1 million eventually raised due to some unexpected gifts that came in at the beginning of the year.
Strubberg said Tuesday’s reception will be a true celebration.
“We want to celebrate our success and recognize those that helped us attain our goals,” Strubberg told The Missourian.
The campaign sponsors, pilot companies who spearheaded this year’s drive, the Top 30 corporate donors and individual leadership givers who donated $1,000 or more will all be honored.
David Strubberg, United Way board president, and Stephen Trentmann, vice president, who both served as the overall campaign chairs, will speak.
A special guest at the reception will be Orvin Kimbrough, the new president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Four special awards also will be given out — for the Greatest Increase in Giving, to the Largest Contributor, the Red Feather Award for exceptional work and the Henry Hartbauer Service Award, typically given to a United Way agency.
Strubberg said the board’s allocation committee met last week to review funding applications from agencies, and was scheduled to meet again Friday to make a final decision.
“The full board will vote on the recommendations at the January meeting and then we will announce the allocations,” she said.