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Local United Way aims to raise $700,000

Though there was no novelty check presentation from Wyeth as in years passed, company representative Tammy Lashway was in attendance for the breakfast, standing as Bernardi recognized Wyeth for the contribution.

Lashway later said the donation was part of Wyeth's continued commitment to the North Country.

"I think it's very important," she said of the donation. "We need to support our community."

Champlain National Bank also surprised Bernardi and the fundraising team this year, again nearly doubling their amount raised. The bank's employees raised $2,000 in the 2006-07 campaign year, doubling that amount the following year and doubling that amount the year after.

Given the state of the national economic climate and that Champlain National Bank had a recent reduction in its number of employees, Bernardi said he didn't expect the business to be able to raise as much as in previous years. But, they did.

"We just figured they were maxed out. I mean, you can't double it every year. It's not realistic," said Bernardi.

Gail Bridge, human resources director for Champlain National Bank, said bank president Jon Cooper challenged his employees to do just that, and they came close.

"We showed him what his team can do. We raised $15,000," said Bridge.

More big news came from Nine Platt Hospitality Group, which raised $10,121, which was the largest amount from the local business in the past seven years.

Other pacesetter contributions include Abbott, Frenyea, Russell & Coffey, $1,899; Agency Insurance, $1,855; Alan B. & Jennifer Booth, $3,500; Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, $2,792; Donlan and Barcomb Investment Services, $1,000; Eye Care for the Adirondacks, $10,007.10; FirstView Eye Care, $1,000; Landrock E & S Consulting, $1,000; Mountain Lake PBS, $378; Murnane Building Contractors, $2,000; Niles, Piller & Bracy, Attorneys at Law, $750; Northern Insuring Agency, $9,000.08; and Stewart's Shops, $1,800.

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