The citizens of Erath County have exceeded the goal set by the Erath County United Way. The 2014 campaign, which will allocate funds to agencies which serve the needs of Erath County during the coming year, was set last February at $275,000. As of Dec. 31, 2013 the contributions and pledges to the campaign sat at $282,632.80.

Below are questions about the campaign with responses from Janis Petronis, 2014 campaign chair.

HOW IS THE CAMPAIGN RUN? The 12-member ECUW Cabinet, led by Campaign Chair Janis Petronis, Co-Chair Kathy Ray and Executive Director Lisa Scroggins was responsible for organizing and running the campaign. The official campaign was Sept. 1–Oct. 31, but the cabinet started planning with a retreat in February. Cabinet responsibilities were divided by industry groups with chairs for each industry.

Cabinet members were Angela Haynes and Shelley Barton (Manufacturing), Ron Mullins and Joe Cude (Leadership Circle), Darrell Floyd (Education), Marcy Derrick (Medical), Lisa Scroggins (Utilities), Janette Goodman (Financial), Kurt Glaspy (Retail), Drew Wells (Government), James Beam (Accountants and Lawyers), Carolyn Horton (Real Estate), Greg Hubbard (Dental), Lisette Dottavio and Melanie Taylor (Small Businesses), and Denae Dorris (Vets/Agriculture).

WHO GIVES TO ECUW? Over 49% of the funds contributed to the 2014 Campaign came from area manufacturing companies. The Top Five were FMC Technologies, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Schreiber, EGS-Appleton, and Square One. S-G and Schreiber employee contributions are matched by their corporate headquarters.

The next largest contribution group was the Medical professions (8%), with Texas Health Services employees contributing 2/3 of that total. They were followed by the Stephenville Medical Clinic and Senior Care Centers, with several contributions by individual doctors and dentists.

Four industry groups each contributed over 7% of the ECUW Goal. HEB raised over $20,000 for the Retail industry segment, followed by Bruners and JCPenney’s. Financial Institutions were led by First Financial Bank, InterBank, Texas Bank, and First National Bank of Dublin. Comanche Peak employees contributed nearly half of the funds for the Utility segment, followed by Atmos Energy, Oncor, and United Cooperative Services. The Education segment leaders were Stephenville ISD, Tarleton State University and Dublin ISD.

HOW DO INDIVIDUALS GIVE TO ECUW? Roughly $200,000 will come from individual employee payroll deductions during the year. Employees from the Manufacturing, Medical, Retail, Financial, Utility, Education, and Government segments committed to a portion of their regular payroll being contributed to the ECUW.

WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP CIRCLE? Leadership Circle members are individuals who contribute or pledge $500 or more to the ECUW. Some members make a one-time contribution, but several Leadership Circle members donate through monthly payroll deductions at their respective places of work, coming from every one of the industry segments. Many of these people made commitments prior to Sept. 1 so that when the 2014 campaign officially got underway, a significant amount of funds had already been raised. The 85 members of the 2014 Leadership Circle raised a total of $44,000, a 50% increase over the 2013 campaign.

WERE FUNDS RAISED THROUGH EVENTS? Events brought in over 7% of the goal. The annual FMC Golf Tournament in May has become a highly-anticipated event. This year’s sponsorships, registration, and silent auction brought in over $10,000 for ECUW. Next came the annual ECUW Fish Fry supported by the Knights of Columbus. Over 200 people enjoyed fish and all the trimmings, and with sponsors, help earn $3,000 for the 2014 Campaign.

The Taste of Erath County was held in September at Bella Vita Ranch and accounted for nearly $10,000 for the ECUW. Roughly 200 guests sampled the best food and drink 19 area vendors had to offer, bid on wide variety of silent auction items.

IS MONEY ALL THAT IS CONTRIBUTED TO THE ECUW? Non-monetary support is referred to as in-kind gifts. Although the value of in-kind gifts is not included in the 2014 Campaign monetary total, those gifts significantly reduce the costs to ECUW for event expenses, office space, supplies, etc. Additionally, donations of items for the FMC Golf Tournament and the Taste of Erath County silent auctions were all donated so that proceeds could go directly toward the 2014 campaign goal.