United Way of Putnam County director Jeanne Beaulter (l) joins out-going president Sue Schroeder (center), and in-coming president Kathy Schroeder (r). (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
United Way of Putnam County director Jeanne Beaulter (l) joins out-going president Sue Schroeder (center), and in-coming president Kathy Schroeder (r). (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

OTTAWA — Picture everyone happy on Thursday evening during the annual United Way of Putnam County annual business meeting. The reason for the celebration was the outcome of this year's campaign. The campaign raised over $6,000 above their 2013 goal.

“We had a goal of $300,000 and raised $306,202.54,” campaign director Mike Schumacher reported to board members and affiliate representatives. The meeting was held at the Schroeder Center for the Arts. This is a nearly 3 percent increase over what was collected during the 2012 campaign.

Picture Putnam United was the theme for the 2013 campaign.

“I can certainly see that this happened,” Schumacher said. “It was great to see the passion of everyone who worked together on the 2013 campaign.”

Executive director Jeanne Beutler said their direct mail campaign had a lot of new people making donations.

Schumacher gave the Chairman's Choice award to KMI in Kalida. This award is a 13-year tradition that honors the company that has shown extraordinary effort in their United Way campaign and also seen an overall improvement in their giving.

“KMI had an increase of 19 percent in giving over last year,” Schumacher said.

This year's source of campaign contributors included 42 local businesses, 1,227 employee campaign donors, 560 designations (campaigns out-of-county), 420 director mail donors and 9 service clubs.

This means a total of 2,258 sources provided contributions, a three-percent increase over 2012's campaign.