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United Way raises nearly $1.2-million

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 25, 2001

The United Way of Pasco announced Thursday that its most recent campaign was its biggest ever -- by a narrow margin.

The agency, which supports 27 local non-profit and social service programs, raised $1,181,641 in its 2000 campaign, president Susan White said. That's $1,641 more than it reported for its 1999 campaign.

"We're excited," White said. "There's a history here."

Publix accounted for about $1 in every $4 donated, White said. The supermarket chain and its employees donated $302,286, a 12 percent increase over the previous year.

The second largest chunk of money came from Pasco County schools and their employees. CF Industries, a Hillsborough phosphate manufacturer that has many employees from Pasco, gave the third most.

Those three companies account for 48 percent of the money raised, White said.

United Way volunteers make recommendations as to what agencies should be funded throughout the year, White said. The agency's board of directors votes on those requests.

This was White's first full campaign since joining the Pasco agency from the United Way of Pulaski County, Ark., where she was the public sector campaign director.

The total reflects donations from fall 2000 until this spring, she said.

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