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United Way nearly quarter of way to 2012 goal

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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 11:59 pm | Updated: 11:53 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Contributions are beginning to roll in for the 2012 United Way of the Tanana Valley campaign as donors throughout the greater Fairbanks area participate in fundraising events, contribute through their workplace or simply write a check to fund 20 helping agencies throughout the community.

In little more than two months, the campaign thermometer is beginning to rise and campaign co-chairs Joane Johnson and John Ringstad are confident the community will reach the 2012 campaign’s $1.5 million goal. To date, almost a quarter, 23 percent, of the goal is funded.

Johnson said the whole community — pre-birth to seniors — benefit from the presence of the resource agencies supported in part by United Way.

As the fundraising ramps up, the co-chairs and United Way executive director Karen Lundquist are busy attending special events put on at businesses, organizations, medical centers and elsewhere.

“Lots of people are doing different activities and having fun,” Lundquist said, naming off ice cream socials, raffles, auctions, chili and soup cook-offs and even a dip-off.

Lundquist always puts on her old Girl Scout jacket to help judge the outdoor skills challenge every year pitting Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in silly events such as a marshmallow shoot-out or stacking cookies.

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