June 28, 2016

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United Way raises $3 million in record-breaking fundraising effort

ELYRIA — The United Way of Greater Lorain County reached a record-breaking fundraising milestone, which was announced Tuesday.

The organization raised $3.051 million, the highest single-year total in 11 years and marking a 6 percent increase over last year’s campaign.

Raising the most money was PolyOne Corp., which became the first company in the 97-year history of United Way of Greater Lorain County to raise more than $1 million in a single campaign.

PolyOne headed the largest charitable golf outing in the state of Ohio for this year’s campaign, said Josh Womack, who served as the master of ceremonies Tuesday. The golf outing raised more than $600,000, and 132 donors at the company donated $1,000 or more to the United Way, he said.

For its fundraising efforts, PolyOne was awarded the Live United Award, the highest honor bestowed on a local company and its employees.

Tuesday’s program also highlighted the achievement of other organizations across the county for their participation in the campaign.

Receiving awards were United We Sweat partners, which designed and promoted exercise and healthier lifestyles to Lorain County residents through a series of free fitness classes and events; Lorain County Community College, which received two awards; and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Bettcher Industries, Best Buy in Avon and KeyBank’s Lorain County branches, the companies which represented the largest increase in employee participation.

Macy’s Systems & Technology, UPS and the Community Foundation of Lorain County received the Pinnacle Award, recognizing a high degree of support to the United Way’s mission.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.