The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 8, 2013

United Way of Southern West Virginia

BECKLEY — After meeting an unprecedented goal of $500,000 last year, the United Way has announced an even higher goal of $525,000 for the 2013-2014 fundraising year.

Sherrie Hunter has been named vice chair and will serve alongside Campaign Chair Frank Wood, publisher of Beckley Newspapers.

Hunter is best known for her work through the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, educating the community on litter prevention and cleanup.

“It is a privilege to be part of the 2013-14 United Way campaign, and working alongside Frank will be a huge honor,” Hunter said.

She has worked previously on the United Way Board of Directors.

The United Way team has its work cut out after reaching a record-breaking goal last year under the leadership of Campaign Chair Richard Jarrell.

Wood, who served as vice chair last year, said meeting the community’s needs is much more important than the amount of the goal.

“Our United Way remains aggressive in its fundraising goal, knowing that needs remain great in our communities,” Wood said.

Wood and Hunter kicked off fundraising efforts this year with “Spring Denim for a Difference,” which makes wearing jeans an opportunity to raise money for the United Way. Any company, school or organization that wants to participate in Denim for a Difference can do so by contacting the United Way at 304-253-2111.

The United Way of Southern West Virginia serves more than 30 agencies in Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, Nicholas and Wyoming counties.

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