NORMAN — By Caitlin Schudalla
Transcript Staff Writer
United Way of Norman President Kristin Collins said “there’s something special about Norman.” That special quality was exemplified by Friday’s announcement of campaign funds raised.
Surpassing United Way’s set goal by approximately $40,000, Campaign chairs Tom Cooper and Cindy Nashert announced to a crowd of community members, staff and guests that this year’s drive totaled $2,093,404 to help human and social service agencies and programs.
“It was so gratifying to see how this community embrace the needs, thank you for this great opportunity,” Nashert said. “We had no idea what we were getting into, emotinally.”
Among a long list of individual campaign categories, the most successful was the Employee Drive, accounting for $798,917 of the total funds raised.
The youngest and possibly most popular campaign, No Shave November, enjoyed unprecedented success, achieving its goal of enlisting 100 participants and topping last year’s $17,000 with $66,748. The individual winner of the No Shave November contest was Sheriff Joe Lester, raising more than $13,000.