United Way of West Alabama held a fund raising campaign celebration on December 13 at The University Club in Tuscaloosa and announced the community raised a record $3,351,273 in 2012. This total represents 106% of UWWA’s $3,150,000 campaign goal and is the largest amount raised by the organization. Prior to 2012, UWWA’s previous high pledge total was in 2007 when just over $3.2 million was raised.
“People saw the need; they stepped up,” said Dennis Steverson, UWWA’s 2012 Campaign Chairman. Steverson continued, “It certainly is appropriate during this season of joy, giving and thanksgiving that I can express a personal thanks to you who so represent these virtues.”
In her first year as UWWA’s President/CEO, Jackie Wuska furthered Steverson’s sentiment by adding, “It’s a testament to the heart of giving in our community that we raised a historic amount.” In addition to the exciting goal announcement, the crowd of nearly 150 heard performances of holiday songs from UWWA partner agency Arts ‘n Autism which is enjoying its first year as a United Way partner agency.