The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 1, 2013

Carthage United Way falls just shy of goal

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage United Way fell just short of meeting its $300,000 campaign goal for the year, agency officials and volunteers were told Thursday.

The effort among Carthage area industries, businesses and organizations raised nearly $299,000 — 99.5 percent of its target.

“I hate to be that close and not make it, but overall I think everybody did really well,” said Jenny Mansfield, United Way executive director. “We’ll be able to take care of all of our agencies.”

The campaign total was announced, and awards handed out, at a noon banquet on Thursday held at the community room of the Carthage Water and Electric Co. building.

The Chairman’s Award went to Innovative Industries, the 110 Percent Award to Jana Kresyman with U.S. Bank, and the Spirit of Giving Award to the Carthage Press.

Mansfield particularly praised Leggett & Platt Inc. for surpassing a fundraising mark it set last year, and Schreiber Foods, where 75 percent of all workers participated in the campaign. Bob Goar, of Schreiber, served as this year’s campaign chairman.

Among the five fundraising divisions, Mansfield said, the one that ended the farthest away from the goal was the small-business category.

“I think there is still just so much economic uncertainty out there, and some of the campaign got started a little later this year,” she said.

Companies and agencies that received gold awards to honor their giving were Leggett & Platt, Southwest Missouri Bank, Beimdiek Insurance Agency and Schreiber Foods. Silver awards went to Hometown Bank, United Missouri Bank, Carthage Water and Electric, and Schmidt Associates. Bronze award winners were Empire District Electric Co., the offices of the Carthage city clerk and administrator, Carthage Police Department and Carthage School District.

Supported agencies

Agencies supported by the campaign are ACHE Dental Clinic, Ozark Trails Council of Boy Scouts of America, Carthage Crosslines Ministries, Family Literacy Council, Carthage Salvation Army, Children’s Haven of Southwest Missouri, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Carthage Crisis Center, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Jasper County 4-H, Lafayette House, Special Olympics Missouri, Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County and the American Red Cross.

Still time to donate

The campaign does not officially end until Feb. 28 and donations still are being accepted. They can be mailed to Carthage United Way, P.O. Box 250, Carthage, MO 64836, or the office can be reached by calling 358-2948.