|POSTED 2:40pm 2-1-13 In the end, they were close.
The Knox County United Way announced Friday at their annual meeting that the 2012-2013 fundraising campaign raised more money than last year at just over $367,000. But Executive Director Ann Tucker says the organization ended at 97-percent of their goal.
For Tucker, she says a victory is still a victory.
"You keep hoping for the best. You have faith in our community. You have faith in your donors. You have faith in the new people that you are reaching," Tucker said. "This year, I believe, we did that. We have many success stories. We had new donors, we had new individuals we were speaking to. We went to a couple new places. That's all progress for us and success for us."
The United Way also handed out awards to businesses and people who helped the organization. One went to Judy Guenseth for serving as a campaign chair for two years in a row. The "Guy Vitale Award" went to Ed and Helen Bantz for a large amout of time they spent volunteering in the past year.
WGIL, Kohl's Diamond Gallery, F-and-M Bank, and others were also among those recognized by the United Way.
KNOX COUNTY UNITED WAY AWARD WINNERS
THE GRACIOUS GIVER AWARD: David Pickrel
THE ACTIVE ADVOCATE AWARD: Judy Guenseth
THE VIBRANT VOLUNTEER AWARD: Jeff Johnson
THE LIVE UNITED SPIRIT AWARD: Jeff & Lori Kohl, Kohl's Diamond Gallery
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Galesburg Broadcasting Company (WGIL, FM 95, 92.7 The Laser, 105.3 KFM)
COMMUNITY COMMITMENT AWARD: Annette Pickerl
GUY VITALE AWARD: Ed and Helen Bantz
(Judy Guenseth speaks at the United Way annual meeting Friday at Knox College, following her receiving the "Active Advocate Award.")
(Galesburg Broadcasting Company received the "Outstanding Achievement Award." In the picture: WGIL General Manager Roger Lundeen, United Way Board President Kraig Boynton, Executive Director Ann Tucker, and WGIL Sales Manager Chris Postin. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)