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United Way honors top 2016 campaign donors

The United Way of Southwest Georgia gave out awards for its 2016 campaign on Monday./ Courtesy: LaKisha Bryant Bruce

The United Way of Southwest Georgia gave out awards for its 2016 campaign on Monday.

Nearly 15 different companies were recognized including Procter & Gamble who won the Community Ambassador Award for top donor.

The 2016 campaign raised about $817,636 which was down 7% from the year before.

Leaders are hoping to raise more money this year because they say it truly goes to helping many parts of the community.

"I think the storms have allowed people to see that everybody can be touched by any level of disaster and everybody can be touched and need something at any given time. So the work that we do here internally could be able to assist anybody," said President and CEO of United Way of SWGA Lakisha Bryant Bruce.

Bruce said the money from the 2016 campaign goes to support their partner programs in the areas of education, health, income and basic needs.

The 2017 United Way campaign kicks off on Sept. 1.

Awards:

  • Pacesetters: Belk, Target and UPS
  • Increased Giving Award: Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Open Arms, YMCA and City of Albany
  • Community Campaign Partner Agency Award: Open Arms
  • Campaign Rejuvenation Award: MillerCoors and City of Albany
  • Public Employees Superstars Award: Dougherty County School System
  • Caring Connection Award: Publix Supermarkets, Suntrust

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