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Aleigha Miller (front) and Pamela Ciesielski (back) take the lead of the second heat with their Grease Lightning boat in the United Way of Elkhart County’s annual “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat” Race at its headquarters in Elkhart on Aug. 24, 2012. Miller and Ciesielski advanced and won the final round. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) (AP)
United Way contributions up 8 percent in Elkhart County

Posted on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.

United Way of Elkhart County announced its campaign efforts resulted in an 8 percent increase in contributions for 2012.

The organization projects the final campaign amount for 2012 will be $2,044,000.

The success was boosted by several companies that outperformed their previous campaigns which greatly helped realize this increase, the organization said in a prepared statement.

“In some communities where there are United Ways, they are seeing their workforce giving programs struggle. We are so lucky to live in a community like Elkhart County where we have a thriving workforce campaign even in times past when our community was struggling,” explained Jessica Koscher, Executive Vice President.

The Community Impact Panels have finalized their recommendations for funding, which will be announced soon.

A 10 percent increase in funding allocations has been planned as a result of the increase in campaign and a grant offered to United Way’s through the Indiana Association of United Ways, the organization said.

Plans are being made now for the 2013 fall campaign. To learn more about the campaign and the organization, look for United Way of Elkhart County on Facebook.

The following is a list of highlights from the 2012 campaign:

Platinum Members — companies that increased their annual campaign by either 100 percent or $100,000:

Ÿ Boys & Girl’s Club of Goshen

Ÿ Comcast

Ÿ Fairmont Homes

Ÿ Heartland R.V.

Ÿ Keystone R.V.

Gold Members — companies that increased their annual campaign by either 50 percent or $50,000:

Ÿ Crane Composites

Ÿ Nappanee Public Library

Ÿ Peoples Federal Savings Bank

Silver Members — companies that increased their annual campaign by either 25 percent or $25,000:

Ÿ Bethany Christian Schools

Ÿ Concord Community Schools

Ÿ Council on Aging

Ÿ D & W, Inc.

Ÿ Dec-O-Art

Ÿ Dutchmen Manufacturing

Ÿ Elkhart County Government

Ÿ Everance

Ÿ Kruggel, Lawton & Company

Ÿ Nautic

Ÿ NIBCO

Ÿ Thor Industries

Ÿ Walnut Hill Early Childcare Center

Ÿ Welch Packaging

Ÿ Wells Fargo Advisors

Bronze Members — companies that increased their annual campaign by either 10 percent or $10,000:

Ÿ DJ Construction

Ÿ Faegre Baker & Daniels

Ÿ Faries- McMeekan Inc.

Ÿ Goshen Stamping

Ÿ Hawkins Water Tech.

Ÿ Jayco Inc.

Ÿ Mid-City Supply

Ÿ Middlebury Community Schools

Ÿ Oaklawn

Ÿ Supreme

Ÿ Tom Naquin Auto Group

New Companies that operated their first United Way Campaign in 2012:

Ÿ Growing Kids Learning Center

Ÿ Kennametal Stellite

Ÿ Orange Door Dental

Ÿ PNC Bank

Ÿ TCB Enterprises