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Islanders surpass United Way goal

By Staff | Mar 8, 2013

Sanibel-Captiva United Way Campaign Committee members, from left, Chauncey Goss, Tom Uhler and Tony Lapi draw attention to the United Way goal on the islands.

The Sanibel Captiva United Way Campaign Committee announced Wednesday that island residents contributed $319,517 to the 2012-13 United Way campaign, 4 percent more than the campaign goal.

Campaign Committee members include chair Tony Lapi, and committee members Chauncey and Allison Goss, Dick and Debbie Riley, and Tom and Linda Uhler, and Judie Zimomra organized the volunteer effort. The Sanibel-Captiva campaign’s leadership givers included 14 Alexis de Tocqueville members who give $10,000 or more annually, and 59 Keel Club members who give $1,000-$9,999 each year.

The combined total of the money raised for the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades was $8.1 million. All money raised for the United Way supports local agencies and programs.

“Thank you Sanibel & Captiva residents who have shown how much we care about our neighbors who are in need,” said Lapi. “The United Way and its 70 partner agencies will help thousands of people because of the generosity of our islands. The successful campaign directly benefits our islands through the services provided by Sanibel F.I.S.H. and other United Way agencies located in the Sanibel United Way House.”

“We are very proud to be part of a caring and generous community,” said Cliff Smith, United Way president. “With the very difficult economy, it is amazing that the Sanibel-Captiva campaign raised 4 percent more than their goal of $315,000! A special thank you to Tony Lapi and the campaign committee for their hard work.”

The United Way raises funds for human service organizations in the community and promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies, focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.

For more information call (239) 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.