Tuesday, November 25, 2014

United Way of St. Louis Sets New Donation Record

The 2014 United Way Campaign raised a record $73,000,075, according to an announcement that appeared on the agency’s Facebook page November 11.
The money raised this year surpassed last year’s total by about $746,000, said Ashley Gammon, Director of Communications for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
Through the generous donations of their employees, companies including Edward Jones; Monsanto; Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Anheuser Busch Inc.; Emerson; Ameren; Wells Fargo; BJC Healthcare; Centene Corporation; Boeing; MasterCard; Nestle Purina Pet Care Company; Schnucks Markets Inc.; and World Wide Technology Inc. each raised between $1 million to $5 million, Gammon said.
“For all of you who invest in the potential of others – thank you,” said Orvin Kimbrough, President & CEO for United Way of Greater St. Louis in his blog post. “Like you I want great things for our region.  In the spirit that this region rallies to mobilize resources every year through United Way for this community, I believe we can rally and over time put in place the conditions that will change the trajectory of a generation of young people.”   
According to its website, the United Way serves more than three million individuals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. More than 170 non-profits receive monies from the annual campaign.   
The Center for Hearing & Speech received $388,951 from United Way last year, said development director Jeff Tarr. “The Center has been supported by the United Way of Greater St. Louis since 1947. Today, we are still a proud member and the support we receive from the United Way allows the Center to help thousands of St. Louisans of all ages in need every year. We are extremely thankful for this vital assistance that allows the Center to fulfill its mission!”
Founded in 1920, the Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that last year provided approximately $1.75 million in audiology, speech therapy and school screening services to residents in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area and surrounding communities. Since its inception, its goal is to provide quality of life to children and adults with hearing and speech deficits, regardless of one’s ability to pay.
For more information please call 314-968-4170 or check it out on the web at www.hearing-speechstlouis.org.    


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