By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

Officials and participants in the 2005 campaign of the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area on Thursday celebrated a 2005 fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal by $10,000.

The goal was $625,000. A report distributed at the closing luncheon at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center said $635,000 had been collected.

The 2004 goal had been $614,000, $11,000 less than this years.

Board president Robin Gies, recognizing board members and committee and campaign leaders, said, Now Id like for all people here who contributed to the United Way in some way to stand. All 400 attendees stood and applauded.

Campaign chairwoman Dr. Ann Farris said, This was a wonderfully successful campaign. We really have something to celebrate. I want to thank everyone who worked so well and so hard and to remember this day as an inspiration for the future.

Gies gave statuettes to retiring board members Henderson Garrett, who was treasurer, and Fred H. Chinn Jr., who was secretary. She recognized members of the Plans and Operations Committee who oversaw the campaign, including Farris, Billy Walker, Michael Keefe, Valerie Payson, Sherry Hoffpauir, Ed Veiga and Gerald Skidmore.

Aaron Montemayor is the area United Way executive director. Don Ledsworth is the campaign coordinator on staff.

Companies and groups receiving the Gold Award for corporate and employee contributions of $5,000 and more included:

n Central Texas College;

n City of Copperas Cove;

n Copperas Cove ISD;

n Hollie Parsons and J.L. Williams elementary schools of Cove ISD;

n First Community Services;

n First National Bank Texas;

n Fort Hood National Bank;

n Greater Fort Hood Area Combined Federal Campaign;

n Each of the H-E-Bs at Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Trimmier Road in Killeen;

n Killeen Daily Herald;

n Killeen ISD;

n Killeen ISD campuses including Ellison High School, Audie Murphy Middle School, and Clear Creek, Fowler, Harker Heights, Maxdale and Oveta Culp Hobby elementary schools;

n Metroplex Health System;

n Sallie Mae Servicing Corp.;

n Sprint;

n Target Stores;

n Tarleton State University of Central Texas;

n Time Warner Cable;

n Valero Energy Corp.;

n Wal-Mart and Sams Club.

Thirty-two companies and agencies received the Silver Award for contributions $2,500 to $5,000, and 67 got the Bronze Award for contributions $1,000 to $2,500.

Member agencies include:

n Youth and elderly services: Central Texas Armed Services YMCA; Girl Scouts-Bluebonnet Council, Inc.; Boys & Girls Clubs of Coryell County; Boy Scouts/Longhorn Council; Camp Fire U.S.A.-Tejas Council, Inc.; Communities in Schools, Bell-Coryell Counties, Inc.; Central Texas Youth Services Bureau; Hill Country Community Action, Inc., Copperas Cove, and HCCA, Inc., Killeen; Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, Inc.;

n Emergency services: American Red Cross, Mid-Tex Chapter; Cove House Emergency Homeless Shelter, Inc.; Families in Crisis; Food Care Center; Home & Hope Shelter; Bell County Human Services Help Center; Refuge Corp.;

n Family and health services: Christian Farms/Treehouse; Central Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Central Texas 4Cs, Inc.; Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity; Fort Hood Child and Youth Services; Greater Killeen Free Clinic; Lone Star Legal Aid; and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The board expects to make allocations some time in April and to decide how much to retain as a reserve for agencies that may need emergency aid, Farris said.

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