By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

Several hundred supporters attending the luncheon kickoff of the 2008 campaign of the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area heard two-year president Dale Koebnick report that the campaign had already collected $165,000 in the Pacesetters advance gifts division toward this year's goal of $650,000.

The event was at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

The local H-E-B stores are the lone organization occupying the new Double Platinum level in the Pacesetters campaign, turning in more than $50,000. The city of Killeen is the lone occupant of the Platinum level, contributing more than $25,000.

The goal is down from $685,000 last year because a major organization began a federated campaign in which employees can designate specific recipients, said United Way executive director Aaron Montemayor.

The record goal last year produced record receipts of $678,000, but the board did not want to set a goal that might be beyond reason under the circumstances.

"The United Way has always accepted specific designations for contributions and will even forward contributions to agencies not affiliated with us, but this group felt they could do a better job this way," he said. "I'm sure we'll come out with an excellent showing anyway."

Honorary co-chairs of this year's campaign, themed "Live United," are Dr. Jim Hawkins and Dr. Rose Cameron, superintendents of the Killeen and Copperas Cove independent school districts, respectively.

Hawkins told attendees, "These cities are where freedom lives, and pride is personal. The success of what we are starting here depends on the compassion of the community, and that's something we can't plan. But the culture of the community inspires its citizens to give back as a community, and we're fortunate in that. Nobody can do it alone."

Koebnick, who is management information services director for Metroplex Health Systems, said the two school officials were asked to head the campaign because personnel in the schools are always a great part of the project.

"They usually give about 25 percent of the total," Koebnick said. "It's fitting for them to be represented formally in the leadership."

Team captains will now lead efforts in public and private organizations toward the goal. The campaign officially finishes with another luncheon in the early spring, but contributions continue coming in for several weeks.

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

Area Contributors

Gold level ($5,000 or more)

H-E-B stores in Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Trimmier Road in Killeen and Gray Street in Killeen; city of Copperas Cove, Copperas Cove ISD, First National Bank Texas, the Killeen Daily Herald, the Killeen ISD Administrator Leadership Team, Metroplex Health System, Sallie Mae Servicing Corp. and Time Warner Cable

Silver level ($2,500 or more)

Communities in Schools of Bell and Coryell counties, First Texas Bank,and Union State Bank in Killeen and Harker Heights

Bronze level ($1,000 or more)

Dr. and Mrs. James Anderson, BKCW Insurance Agency, Embarq, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hemingway Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hemingway Jr., Hunter Rentals and Property Management, Mr. and Mrs. Terry E. Gandy, KCEN-TV NBC 6, Lott, Vernon & Co., Ms. Sue Mayborn, Dr. and Mrs. Larry W. Moehnke, Patriot Pontiac-GMC-Buick, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rhode, retired Gen. Robert M. Shoemaker, and Mr. and Mrs. James Wilson

United Way agencies

American Red Cross Heart of Texas Area chapter

Aware Central Texas

Bell County Human Services/Killeen Help Center

Boy Scouts of America, Longhorn Council

Camp Fire USA, 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's Advocacy Center of Central Texas

Christian Farms-Treehouse, Inc.

Communities in Schools of Bell and 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 of Central Texas

Hill Country Community Action Association of Copperas Cove

HCCAA of Killeen

Home and Hope Shelter, Inc.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, Inc.

The Refuge Corp.

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