In a remarkable showing of generosity, Berks Countians surpassed United Way's $10 million goal to contribute a record-breaking $10,202,425 in the 2016 Campaign.
Peter Barbey, who co-chaired the campaign with his wife, Pam, noted, "Our experience chairing the campaign has allowed us to meet and connect with great people who are deeply committed to our community. This is a tremendous achievement, and we are proud to have been a part of it."
"Tonight, we're celebrating more than surpassing our goal," United Way President Tammy White said. "The funds we have raised in this campaign will be directed to critical services that will improve the lives of 100,000 people in our community - through our Agency Partners, through Ready. Set. READ!, 2-1-1, and more. The phenomenal support of our donors makes this possible."
In addition to learning the results of this year's campaign, some lucky donors also learned that they are winners of the 2016 Campaign Incentives. The winners are:
Brand new RAV4, courtesy of Freedom Auto Group and the Campaign Partners: Gretchen Adams, Reading Health System
$2,000 travel vouchers, courtesy of AAA Travel: Bonnie Lichtley, Boscov's Department Store
$1,000 Boscov's gift card, courtesy of Boscov's Department Stores: Ryan Petersen, Carpenter Technology Corporation
3-Minute Shopping Spree, courtesy of Redner's Warehouse Markets: Brian Meilinger, UGI Utilities, Inc.
$1,500 gift card, courtesy of Rhoads Energy: Nathan Blizniak, Carpenter Technology Corporation
$500 Visa gift card, courtesy of Visions Federal Credit Union: Robert Swartz, Jr., Cambridge-Lee Industries
$500 VF gift card, courtesy of VF Outlet: Angela Sekel, Penske Truck Leasing
Godiva Gift Baskets, courtesy of Godiva Chocolatiers: Alexandra Katzenmoyer, BCPS; Galina Burns, UGI Energy Services; Rosa Uribe, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.; Hector Franco, Gage Personnel; Bradley Wright; East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.