United Way celebrates campaign

Tiffin-Seneca United Way capped off its campaign, which raised more than $490,000, Thursday night with its annual meeting and award recognition dinner at North Central Ohio Education Service Center.

During the 2012-2013 campaign, which started in September and ended in March, the Tiffin-Seneca United Way raised $491,589.94 98 percent of its $500,000 goal.

“United Way makes (giving) easy,” the dinner’s speaker John Davoli said. “You know your funds are spent wisely and fairly. I whole-heartedly believe in the mission of the United Way and the work that they do.”

Davoli, who dressed up like Superman during his speech, encouraged people to keep “being a hero in your community.”

“There are folks out there that really need a hand once in a while, and thanks to your work, people’s lives are much better,” he said.

The campaign was chaired by Kelly Homan, with Eric Shook serving as vice chair. Shook is to chair next year’s campaign.

Tiffin-Seneca United Way Executive Director Pat DeMonte recognized and handed out several awards to individuals and companies who helped contribute to the United Way in the past year.

“I think we have a fantastic community that we live in,” DeMonte said. “People need to know about the wonderful people like you, that do things everyday to make a difference in people’s lives. Keep on doing that. Let’s keep on making a difference.”