A total of $1.6 million has been collected in the United Way of the Great Salt Lake Area campaign, 27 percent of the goal.
Frederick "Fritz" Reed, campaign chairman and executive vice president of Utah Power & Light Co., made the announcement at a campaign report meeting Wednesday afternoon in the Red Lion Hotel.Last year the campaign met its $5.3 million goal. This year's goal of $6.2 million is 16 percent higher than that amount.
More than 250 United Way volunteers gathered in the hotel to hear a "half-time" report and highlights of their fund-raising efforts.
United Way donations will be used to support 114 programs in 55 health and human service agencies in Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties. The campaign is scheduled to end Dec. 13. In January, budget panels will begin visiting applicant agencies to determine allocations.
"The hard work of our volunteers started last April and is now paying dividends. We still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal, but I am encouraged by our progress," Reed said.
During the report meeting, the leadership division, comprised of companies that started their efforts early to set the pace in the campaign, reported a 105 percent increase in the amount given over last year. Evans & Sutherland reported a 63 percent dollar increase; Key Bank, 31 percent; Fidelity Investments, 32 percent; Snowbird, 615 percent; and Franklin International Institute, 116 percent.
Sears Discover Card, a first-time United Way campaign participant in the major firms division, reported 100 percent employee participation, and KSL Radio/Television, a 93 percent increase over last year.
The University of Utah trained department representatives, helping to raise 46 percent of their goal. West Jordan City reported a 138 percent increase in giving; Kidder Peabody, 519 percent; and Strong and Hanni, a 600 percent increase over last year. Both the latter companies are in the campaign's professional division.