United Way of Northeastern South Dakota should come close to reaching its 2012 campaign goal of $675,000, though the final tally won't be known until March or April.
The campaign has brought in $665,000.
“We think we will come very close to this goal in the weeks to come,” Michael Nguyen, president of the 2012 board of directors, said at Wednesday’s campaign appreciation luncheon.
Campaign chairwoman Julie Stevenson said the 2012 target “was an aggressive goal, but certainly an achievable one. I think we'll make it.”
The contributions from some companies not based in Aberdeen might not be known until March or April, administrative assistant Jennifer Klitzke said in an interview.
More than 250 volunteers took part in the 2012 campaign.
For the first time, the organization's Rails Club brought in more than a third of the campaign total, reported United Way executive director Tom Agnitsch. The group met its goal of $235,000 and probably will hit $240,000 or slightly more, Agnitsch said.
The Rails Club asks individuals for contributions of $500 or more. That group starts its campaign a month before the main United Way campaign kicks off in August. This year, the Rails Club brought in 47 new members.
The Rails Club has long been headed by Charlie Jakober, Joe Senger and Brad Moore.
The top six contributors to the overall campaign were recognized at the luncheon. The leader, Horton's of Britton, was followed by 3M, Avera St. Luke's, Dacotah Bank, Midstates Printing and Sanford Health.
“Give From the Heart” awards are given to businesses donating $3,000 or more that had the largest percentage increase over last year. Winning the awards were Hub City Inc., Northern State University, Kessler's and Molded Fiber Glass.
In 2011, United Way fell $35,000 short of its $700,000 goal.
At the annual meeting, held after the luncheon, Nguyen passed the gavel to K.C. DeBoer of Avera St. Luke's, the 2013 president of the local United Way board. Other officers installed were Joel Swanson of Dakota Broadcasting, president-elect; Jim Kuck of US Bank, treasurer; and Tanya Berndt of Northern Valley Communications, secretary.
New board members inducted were Amy Jones of Midstates Printing, Dana Oye of Target and Deanna Rickrode of Molded Fiber Glass.