United Way sets an ambitious fundraising goal for the year

Donations to the United Way of Aiken County provide meals to the elderly, services to the mentally disabled and programs for abused children.


On Aug. 22, the organization revealed plans to raise $2.5 million this year for those needs and many more in Aiken County.

"Some folks in our community don't do as well," said Claudia Adams, the chairwoman of the United Way board of directors. "It takes all of us to make a difference."

This year's campaign has a theme of Together We Can.

The Aug. 22 luncheon at Newberry Hall featured this year's campaign video as well as a performance by the Children's Place Choir and a story reading by Lauren Frommer, a client at Tri-Development Center of Aiken County.

Last year, the organization set a goal of $2.4 million and raised $2.6 million.

During the campaign, which will continue until the victory luncheon Oct. 31, several special events will be held to raise money and awareness of the United Way's mission in Aiken.

The Summertime Soiree will be Sept. 6 at Woodside Plantation. It will feature beach music and food. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Also, a fundraiser at Outback Steakhouse will be Sept. 19. The cost is $20.

The third annual Family Fun Day will be Oct. 11 at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center. It will include games and information about the work of United Way agencies. Admission is a canned good.

The Artrageous event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Southside Gallery. It will have a Beverly Hillbillies theme. and cost $30.

The United Way supports 32 nonprofit organizations in Aiken County, including the Golden Harvest Food Bank, the Salvation Army, the Family Y, the Aiken Area Council on Aging, the Aiken Youth Development Center and the American Heart Association.

For more information about the United Way or any of the campaign events, call (803) 648-8331.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.