It was a big Thursday when Erath County United Way celebrated its 2017 campaign at The N at Hardway Ranch, which raised $292,565.65 for the organization that supports local youth and non-profits.

“We were super excited about this 2017 campaign, it was very successful and our leadership circle grew,” said ECUW President Kathy Hampton-Haynes. “We had more fundraisers, which was amazing, and the campaign cabinet worked tirelessly to make it happen and it wouldn’t have happened without them working together.”

This will be Hampton-Haynes' first year as president.

“I’m excited, we have a lot of plans and things we want to do this year,” she said. “Last year we added the scholarship and we want to see that bloom and grow further and we’re just really excited about the potential for this next year.”

A delicious meal was served before she took the podium to thank those who donated and honor two individuals, Janette Goodman and Angela Haynes.

After 46 years, Goodman is retiring from the board of directors and ECUW honored her with a plaque for her hard work and dedication.

Haynes was honored for her work as the former president of the organization for 10 years.

“I just love doing it. It has such an impact on the community,” Haynes said. “With the money we raise, we turna round and give it to our partner agencies and they’re the ones who make this community a better place to be.”

This year’s top contributors were Saint-Gobain Abrasives, $59,375; TechnipFMC, $49,861,76; Stephenville ISD, $27,007.91; HEB, $23,212; Texas Health Stephenville, $19,565; Vistra Energy, $10,170.46; InterBank, $9,169.16; First Financial Bank, $9013; TexasBank, $5,980; Citizens National Bank, $5,044; SEQSM - Community Outreach, $3,950; Dublin ISD, $3,174; Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic, $3,054; Circle J Backhoe Service & Construction, Inc., $2,880; Boucher, Morgan & Young, $2,500; City of Stephenville, $2,465; Tarleton State University, $2,380; Bruner Motors, $2,252; Square 1 Machine, $2,125; and Lone Star Ag Credit, $1,125.

ECUW partnered with 17 non-profit agencies this year and established a new Live United Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year that goes to students who are making a positive impact in the community.

Four $500 scholarships will be awarded to Erath County graduates.

ECUW received funds from the fish fry, in partnership with the Knights of Columbus; The TASTE of Erath County; auctions; penny drives; campus-wide fundraisers; and other donations.