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United Way of Hancock County Raises $3.12 Million

The community of Hancock County has broken a fundraising record for United Way of Hancock County for the 12th consecutive year. Campaign chair Michael Needler Jr. announced Friday that the community has raised $3,122,677 for community programs, with several pledges still expected. The announcement was made during United Way’s final celebrity server event of the week at the Upper Deck. The goal this year, as in recent past years, has been to exceed the previous year. Last year, United Way’s efforts resulted in raising $3,020,497.

John Urbanski, president and CEO of United Way of Hancock County, said, “I’m so grateful to Michael Needler Jr. and his entire campaign cabinet for their tireless efforts on behalf of the United Way and our community. The staff and I are excited to put this fundraising effort to great use improving lives in Hancock County. This is a great way to begin our 60th year of serving the community.”

“Seeing firsthand how we live and operate in a market that is so centered on community has been one of the most positive experiences I have been involved in. Everything starts and ends with the people you surround yourself with. The campaign cabinet and United Way staff carried our message in a way that allowed us to be successful. This is a phenomenal win for the community,” said Needler Jr.

The commercial division, chaired by Kable Derrow, raised $82,556. This division includes car dealerships, contractors, grocery stores and more.
The corporate division, chaired by Chris Ostrander, raised $2,518,837. This division includes all major corporations in Hancock County.
The education division, chaired by Wayne Ford, raised $59,321. The division includes city schools, private schools and higher education institutions.
The FIRE division, which includes financial institutions, insurance companies, and real estate companies, raised $87,779. This division was chaired by Blair Lane.
The health division, chaired by Chris Webb, raised $136,637. The health division includes doctors, dentists, Blanchard Valley Health System, and health services companies like long-term care facilities.
The mercantile division, chaired by Stephanie Weissling, raised $42,829. This division includes small storefronts, restaurants and other small businesses in the county.
The professional division, chaired by Chad Bain, raised $33,308. The professional division includes attorneys, accountants, ministers, veterinarians and more.
The public division includes nonprofit organizations, and city and county employees. This division raised $65,191 and was chaired by Jerry Greer.
The independent division, chaired by David Cassidy, includes retirees and individuals who work from their home or are independent companies. The division raised $74,512.
The rural division, including small businesses and schools outside of Findlay, raised $20,957. The division was chaired by Mitch Welty.
This year’s leadership chair was Michael Needler Sr. Leadership donors are members of the Gaslight Society and give at a level of $750 or above annually.

The funds will be distributed to programs and services through grants that are reviewed by local citizens who serve on the volunteer impact teams during the 2015 grant cycle. Agencies that are eligible to apply for funding include: American Red Cross-Hancock County Chapter, Boy Scouts of America-Black Swamp Area Council, CASA/GAL of Hancock County, Camp Fire of Northwest Ohio, Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, Century Health, Cancer Patient Services, Children's Mentoring Connection, Dental Center of Northwest Ohio, Family Resource Center, Findlay Family YMCA, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Hancock County Saves, HHWP Community Action Commission, Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, Open Arms Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services and Salvation Army. Funds are also used for United Way operations. For more information or to serve on an impact team, which approves grants to qualifying organizations, contact the United Way office at 419-423-1432 or visit online at

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