The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2018

United Way reports on campaign results

VW independent/submitted information

The United Way of Van Wert County recently revealed its final campaign total was at 104 percent, which was $20,000 over the $475,000 goal set last year. Over the past year the 2017-18 campaign committee has worked hard to involve county businesses and residents in various events and campaigns, raising funds for the 27 United Way supported agencies.

The recent “Fiesta Fun Friday” reverse raffle event, which was held at Willow Bend Country Club on May 4, was a great success and was able to bring in nearly $15,000 to help reach the goal. The $1,000 grand prize winner, Thad Lichtensteiger, graciously donated $500 back to the United Way.

“The ability to reach the goal set has been a great accomplishment,” said United Way Executive Director Vicki Smith. “We can say this is the largest campaign goal we have met in the past 10 years.

“It has been a privilege to work with an amazing board, caring community, and great individuals that give unconditionally,” Smith added.

“The campaign focus this year was increased involvement from the community, stressing that small contributions from a larger number of people can have a tremendous impact,” said United Way 2017-18 Campaign Chair Pat Crummey. “We wanted to increase community support of the United Way’s mission and develop a sense of being a “community hero” and the response was overwhelming. Thank you from myself, the campaign committee, and the Van Wert County United Way.”

For more information on giving to the United Way or volunteering, contact the United Way at 419.238.6689 or email

The United Way office has moved to 136 E. Main St. in Van Wert for those who would like to stop in. Those wanting more information can also check the United Way out on Facebook or watch for its upcoming 2018-19 campaign video.

POSTED: 06/14/18 at 6:16 am. FILED UNDER: News