United Way of Lake County announced their 2014 Stay Connected Campaign surpassed its goal by raising $3,608,752 during the nonprofit organization's Annual Meeting Wednesday morning, which was held at LaMalfa in Mentor.
This year's fundraising campaign - which took place from August 2014 until April 2015 - involved nearly 350 businesses, schools and organizations who held workplace United Way employee pledge campaigns to raise money for the community.
Seventy seven of those businesses or organizations increased their employee pledge campaigns by 10 percent or more.
United Way of Lake County is all about community impact and all dollars raised during the campaign, will be put right back into the community to help solve the most critical issues.
Campaign highlights include:
Employees from four companies contributed more than $100,000 each. (The Lubrizol Corporation, FirstEnergy, Avery Dennison and Giant Eagle).
More than $150,000 NEW dollars were raised during the campaign.
Two special events - Super Raffle and Celebrity Server - combined to raise more than $75,000.
The Third Annual "Women's Winterfest: Food for the Holidays" raised nearly $14,000 and the Young Leaders of United Way of Lake County held its first ever Golf Outing, which raised more than $6,000.
With the help of more than 33 local restaurants, United Way of Lake County held its 2nd Annual county-wide Dine to Donate which raised more than $8,000.
The campaign was chaired by Lake Erie College President Michael Victor.
"It has been a real pleasure and an honor to be involved in the United Way campaign as the chair," Victor said. "It's really refreshing to know how many people in this community really strive to make Lake County a better place to live. I'd like to personally thank all the companies, schools, organizations and individuals who helped us throughout this campaign to help reach goal."
The Annual Meeting also featured guest speaker Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Community, business and philanthropy were the topics he touched on during his 15 minute speech.
United Way of Lake County also announced its 2015 Campaign theme: CHANGE Starts Here, which will kick-off in August.