- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Politics to profits: Brothers launch new investing concept on Wall Street (10/19/17)1
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)1
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- Food Giant in Chaffee is robbed (10/17/17)
- Owner of dinosaur relics demands new board of directors, business plan at Bollinger County Museum (10/17/17)
United in giving
Once again, United Way of Southeast Missouri has exceeded its latest fund-raising goal. Donations are well over the $1.1 million target set last year, when natural disasters placed a heavy demand on generous donors.
United Way funds programs in Cape Girardeau County, Scott City, Perryville and Marble Hill. The fact that these communities understand the need for these programs -- 40 in all -- underscores the giving by so many individuals, institutions, businesses and industries.
No successful fund-raising campaign happens on its own. It takes planning and organization to pull of a project of this scope. Kathy Bertrand's leadership as campaign chairman, along with executive director Nancy Jernigan, was mirrored again and again by all those volunteers who took on special responsibilities during the money-raising effort.
Special credit also goes to the 20 top donors, which generate 70 percent of the total giving to United Way of Southeast Missouri.
The challenges that lie ahead for the area served by United Way are daunting. But thanks to everyone who writes a check or signs up for payroll deductions, tremendous strides are being made to address those needs.
Thousands of beneficiaries of the programs funded by United Way are thankful so many people care about their concerns. On their behalf, and on behalf of grateful communities: