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Cedar Valley United Way raises record $3.1 million

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Cedar Valley United Way raised a record $3.1 million during its 2011 fundraising campaign, but the co-chairs say the need in the community is ongoing.

Courier Publisher Dave Braton and KWWL's Ron Steele, the 2011 co-chairs, thanked Cedar Valley businesses and donors for a record-setting campaign at the Breakfast of Champions on Thursday. The campaign ran from September through January.

The United Way provides financial assistance to a wide range of Cedar Valley organizations, supporting everything from food programs to mentoring. The co-chairs visited many of these organizations to learn about the United Way and the need in the community before kicking off the fundraising campaign.

The co-chairs and United Way staff made more than 100 presentations to 13,000 people during the campaign to reach the fundraising record.

"We have had such success in recent years, and we are just delighted that we were able to achieve the $3.1 million. This is phenomenal. This is an all-time record here in the Cedar Valley," Cedar Valley United Way President Sheila Baird said.

At the annual breakfast, co-chairs Braton and Steele talked about their experiences during the campaign, saying they were impressed by the generosity of so many people they met. Both said they learned a lot about the variety of businesses in the Cedar Valley, but more importantly about the ongoing needs of many people in the area.

"Too many of our friends and neighbors are hurting right now and need our help," Steele said.

To make a donation to the Cedar Valley United Way, visit www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org.

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