United Way closer to goal

The Tiffin-Seneca United Way has reached 94 percent of the goal for its current campaign.

Pat DeMonte, executive director, said the drive recently received a “big boost” from National Machinery, LLC.

The United Way’s goal is to reach $476,000. It has raised a total of $447,695. The campaign, which officially began in September, is to “unofficially” end in March, but DeMonte said the charity is able to accept funds through April.

This year’s theme took on a sports related concept of “Step Up to the Plate for United Way” as devised by campaign chair Larry Kisabeth, retired educator, guidance counselor, principal and coach, and Shellie Mack, branch manager for IMPACT bank.

The divisions of the campaign are comprised of small business, professional services, industrial and others in the county.

DeMonte said she would like to highlight those who have surpassed their goals this year including commercial north with 103 percent of its goal at $14,449; real estate and insurance with 100 percent of its goal at $7,980; industrial corporate with 119 percent of its goal at $126,216; and special gifts with 118 percent of its goal at $35,331.

“The money raised, works for all of us,” DeMonte said. “It is distributed throughout the community and creates the ability to reach more people.”

Coming up, DeMonte said, the United Way is to have a cornhole tournament 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Camden Falls & Reception Center.

To register or for further questions, call the United Way office at (419) 448-0355.

Speaking to the possibility of the United Way reaching its $476,000 goal, DeMonte said, “Yogi Berra once said, ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.'”