Article: United Way of Central Kane County hoping to raise $450,000

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on Sept. 17, 2010

ST. CHARLES – The United Way of Central Kane County announced that it hopes to raise $450,000 as it kicked off its annual fundraiser Thursday with a breakfast at Riverwoods Christian Center in St. Charles.

The United Way of Central Kane County provides money to agencies such as Lazarus House, the Association for Individual Development, Conley Community Outreach and TriCity Family Services, as well as many others.

Last year, the United Way of Central Kane County had a goal of $500,000 and raised $470,000.

That money affected 13,000 people, campaign co-chairman John Neil said.

United Way of Central Kane County executive director Paula Yensen said the lowered goal is because of the uncertain economic climate.

“We decided to make it an achievable goal because we have a hard time predicting what the economy will do this year,” Yensen said. “We’re being a little conservative in our approach to raising money this year.”

Yensen added that many people don’t realize money donated to the United Way of Central Kane County stays in its territory – St. Charles, Geneva, Elburn, Campton Hills, LaFox, Wasco and Kaneville. She said 94 percent of the dollars raised in the community stays in the community.

Darlene Marcusson, the executive director of Lazarus House, spoke at the kickoff of how those dollars can have a positive impact as she listed all of the organizations the United Way provides funds for that help Lazarus House in its mission to provide help to the homeless.

“It is all about volunteerism,” she said.

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