United Way sets fundraising sights on $700,000

The Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country and Northern Insuring Agency were also recognized for having 100 employee participation.

Partial contributions to date include Denton Publications, $5,200; ETS, $1,040; Georgia Pacific, $8,253; Plattsburgh City School District, $4,210; TD BankNorth, $3,600; The Northeast Group, $1,500; and UPS - SCS, $6,890.

Additional contributions from individuals and other miscellaneous organizations total $26,110.44.

The amount raised thus far is encouraging, said Jamie L. Basiliere, executive director of the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, who serves as chairperson of this year's United Way fundraising campaign team.

"I believe that we will exceed the goal," said Basiliere, who is serving the campaign team for her 11th year. "I believe for those people who are employed, who have a campaign within their organization or within their business, that they will give because of the economy, not in spite of it."

Though pacesetters are an important part of getting the campaign moving, said Bernardi, every donation is just as important as the last, he noted.

"Every penny is important," said Bernardi, "whether it comes in today or whether it comes in in December."

Those wishing to make contributions toward the local United Way campaign may send donations in care of United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties to 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh N.Y. 12901. Donations may also be arranged through a payroll deduction, which may be arranged through one's employer.

For more information, contact the local United Way office at 563-0028 or visit www.unitedwayce.org.

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