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COLUMBIA CITY â€” In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofitâ€™s Annual Celebration of Giving.
At that time, she was new to her role as executive director. Fast forward a year to the 2013 annual breakfast â€” Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.
â€śIt really isnâ€™t about me. I am just one person,â€ť Baker said. â€śIt really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.â€ť
Each year, the nonprofitâ€™s annual fundraiser generates monies that are then spread among several organizations within the county.
For the 2012 campaign, the United Way exceeded its goal of $190,000, raising a total of $205,385.
â€śFor me itâ€™s not about the money,â€ť Baker said. â€śItâ€™s about what we can do for the community. The amount of money each of us could give individually is multiplied when given to the United Way.â€ť
When setting the 2012 goal, Baker set the mark $30,000 higher than the year before. It seemed like a â€śloftyâ€ť goal at the time, but Baker had faith in the county.
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