United Way Surpass Goal

The St. Joseph County United Way surpassed its $650,000 goal for its 2012 campaign, executive director Kelly Hostetler said.

The announcement came Thursday during a celebration and recognition event at the Doyle Center in Sturgis. Hostetler said $680,000 was raised, an increase of $79,000 from 2011.

Hostetler said Sturgis Hospital led the way in 2012, with $48,000 in donations from it employees.

American Axle of Three Rivers was second, as it raised $47,500. Rounding out the top five in contributions were Burr Oak Tool of Sturgis, at $35,000; Mendon-based T.H. Plastics, $30,000; and Morgan Olson of Sturgis, $25,000.

The rest of the county’s top 10 donors were: Abbott Nutrition of Sturgis; Kadant Johnson of Three Rivers; Armstrong International, also of Three Rivers; Sturgis Public Schools; and St. Joseph County government.

The Centreville-based United Way provides funding to 41 agencies. Checks are issued quarterly and the first batch featuring funds from the 2012 collection will be mailed out March 1, Hostetler said.

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