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United Way At 80% Of Goal

KSCB News - December 25, 2014 10:16 pm

As of Wednesday, Dec. 24, the Seward County United Way had $279,558.14 towards its goal of $340,000, or 82 percent of its goal. This amount is based on preliminary reports from the payroll deduction campaigns as well actual gifts and individual pledges.

Susan Lukwago, 2015 Drive Chair, is pictured putting the eighth football on the goal post sign.

“At this point, we are still waiting to hear results on some of our payroll deduction campaigns,” said Lukwago, “but our projections indicate that we may fall short of goal this year for the first time in 14 years.”

Lukwago said that one of the issues was that the United Way campaign lost one of its major fundraisers this year. “When XTO Energy sold out to Linn Energy in August, Linn Energy wasn’t able to commit to such a major event on short notice since the golf tournament was scheduled for September. That event normally brings in $12,000 to $16,000. Another issue is that a couple of key payroll deduction campaigns have been significantly down.”

Kay Burtzloff, executive director of the Seward County United Way, said that not reaching goal could have an impact on the agencies. “One of the things the board is going to have to look at is how to handle a shortfall in the campaign. They will have to decide where cuts will need to be made and our agencies depend on United Way dollars to make their budgets.”

The campaign has been extended to help get additional funds in to make goal. “We’ve always been able to rely on Liberal to come through for us and we are still hoping we can make goal,” Burtzloff said.

Lukwago added, “To make the goal we are going to need the support of some businesses and individuals who have not previously given. It’s going to take some ‘new’ dollars to help make the difference. ”

Noting that there is still time for end of the year giving for tax purposes, Lukwago said there was several ways people could still donate. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 273, Liberal KS 67905 or dropped by the First National Bank, 1700 N. Lincoln. The Seward County United Way office is located in the basement of the bank and any of the receptionists or tellers will make sure the check is delivered to the office.

“You can also use your PayPal account to donate on line that the Seward County United Way web site. Just go to and click on the PayPal button. That is a secure way to donate using your credit card or bank account,” she said.

For more information about the Seward County United Way and the 26 agencies it supports, contact Burtzloff at 624-5400 or [email protected] .


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