The 2011 Ripon United Way campaign may be young, but board President Andy Kegler isn’t certain he feels comfortable with the progress made thus far.

“From my personal perspective, it doesn’t sound real great,” he said.

Thus far, the board has collected 20 percent of its goal of $69,500 for the year — or roughly $14,000.

Of that total, $3,500 came from its pacesetter, Pick ’n Save, which held a fund-raising event earlier this fall in which it matched shoppers’ donations.

Then, a fund-raising dinner two weeks ago added another $2,700 to the pot.

“We did pretty well with that,” Kegler said. “That’s pretty good, considering the competition we had going on that night. There were a lot of other fund-raisers going on that night.”

While donations have not come roaring in thus far, Kegler believes the situation will improve through this month “as pledges start to come in from employees,” Kegler said.

Much of what the United Way raises annually in Ripon comes from payroll deductions, but that total will come later this year.

Read the full story in the Dec. 2, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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