By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

With a 2007 slogan of "Your Support Matters," officials of the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area on Thursday launched a campaign seeking $685,000 – 3 percent more than last year's target of $650,000 that grossed $1,000 over the top.

The luncheon at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center drew several hundred people to greet campaign chair Jack Hemingway Jr., who succeeds Dr. Ann Farris, and board president Dale Koebnick, replacing Robin Gies. Farris and Gies had both served two years.

Hemingway, a commercial Realtor with Cloud Real Estate, and Koebnick, management information services director at Metroplex Hospital, each has several years of experience on the United Way board.

Team and company captains will spend the autumn soliciting from co-workers and others. The campaign will end with a closing luncheon sometime in the spring.

Koebnick hailed H-E-B, the lone "Platinum Pacesetter," for completing its entire internal campaign before the kickoff. The company contributed more than $50,000.

Other Pacesetters contributing advance gifts on the corporate level were:

Gold, $5,000 and above: city of Copperas Cove, city of Killeen, Copperas Cove Independent School District, Embarq, First Community Services, First National Bank Texas, Fort Hood National Bank, the individual H-E-Bs at Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Killeen/Gray Street and Killeen/Trimmier Road, Killeen Daily Herald, Killeen ISD, Metroplex Health System, Sallie Mae Servicing Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

Silver, $2,500-$5,000: Communities in Schools of Bell and Coryell counties, First Texas Bank, JWC Rentals & Management, KCEN-TV NBC 6, and TESCO.

Bronze, $1,000-$2,500: Dr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hemingway Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hemingway Jr., Hunter Rentals and Property Management, Mr. and Mrs. Terry E. Gandy, Ledger Furniture, Lott, Vernon & Co., PC, Sue Mayborn, Dr. and Mrs. Henry A. Mayer, Modern TV & Appliance, Dr. and Mrs. Larry W. Moehnke, Oncor Electric Delivery, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rhode, retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker, Union State Bank, Judy Van Riper and Mr. and Mrs. James Wilson.

"The pacesetter campaign gives us a beginning momentum and an indicator of how the campaign will go, said Aaron Montemayor, United Way executive director.

"This year, we already have a fourth of the goal, and it's a very good sign that we'll blow right past it."

Killeen Mayor Tim Hancock, Harker Heights Mayor Ed Mullen and Copperas Cove Mayor Roger O'Dwyer read a proclamation in unison. The Copperas Cove High School Copperettes dance and drill team performed twice under the direction of Jessica Beechwood.

The UWGFHA serves 26 agencies from Nolanville to Lampasas: the American Red Cross Heart of Texas chapter, Bell County Human Services/Bell Help Center, Boys and Girls Club of Coryell County, Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council, Camp Fire U.S.A. Tejas Council Inc., Central Texas Armed Services YMCA, Central Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Central Texas Youth Services Bureau Inc., Central Texas 4C's Inc., Children Advocacy Center of Central Texas, Christian Farms-Treehouse Inc., Communities in Schools of Bell-Coryell Counties Inc., Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter Inc., Families in Crisis, Inc., Food Care Center, Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity, Fort Hood Child and Youth Services, Girl Scouts Bluebonnet Council Inc., Greater Killeen Free Clinic, Hill Country Community Action Association of Copperas Cove and HCCAA of Killeen, Home and Hope Shelter Inc., Lone Star Legal Aid, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children Inc. and the Refuge Corp.

Contact Don Bolding at or (254) 501-7557.

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