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United Way campaign exceeds 2010 goal

January 16, 2011 by Randy Keck

Special to The Community News: United Way Board President Dennis Clayton, center, congratulates 2010 campaign chair, Charlie Martinez, left, as Executive Director Susan Sodek looks on. Under the direction of Martinez and community volunteers, the United Way exceeded its campaign goal by almost 20 percent. More than 22 agencies and their clients in Parker County will benefit from the campaign.

Special to The Community News

Cheers and applause erupted during the January board meeting of the United Way of Parker County as Charlie Martinez, 2010 campaign chair, announced that campaign pledges had exceeded the $200,000 goal by 20 percent.

“We have raised the most money in the history of the United Way of Parker County,” said Dennis Clayton, board president. “In this economy, that’s incredible!”

Martinez credits the campaign’s success to a corps of community volunteers and division chairs, and generous residents of Parker County who contribute to United Way through workplace campaigns.

“Parker County is an amazing community full of caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of friends, neighbors and family members in need,” he said. “The United Way helps them to achieve that goal of improving lives.”

United Way of Parker County (UWPC) Executive Director Susan Sodek echoed the enthusiasm of Martinez and Clayton. “Each year we head into our campaign with cautious optimism — hoping to meet our goal,” she said. “Yet this year meets and exceeds my wildest dreams. This increase is truly a blessing.”

This year’s campaign, Sodek explained, was especially critical. Parker County has seen about a 40 percent increase in population since 2003

“Our increased population, compounded by a rise in unemployment, has created a real strain on our local health and human service providers,” she noted. “The additional funding from this campaign will help our local programs meet the needs of their clients.”

Employee campaigns at Weatherford Regional and other employers constituted 54 percent of the overall giving to the 2010 campaign. Employee campaigns that reported significant increases included the City of Hudson Oaks; City of Weatherford; Devon; First Financial Bank; George, Morgan and Sneed; Plains Capital Bank; Snow, Garrett and Company; and Parker County employees.

“We are so thankful for the awesome response from employee campaigns, and for our 2010 Campaign Chair, Charlie Martinez, for his leadership and efforts,” Clayton said. “And we thank our pacesetters, division chairs, and our executive director, Susan Sodek, for leading this campaign.”

Division Chairs are volunteers from the community, Sodek explained, who paved the way for this increase. “Danielle Felts and Teri Stout really outdid themselves this year with a chili cook-off and baking contest.”

This year’s campaign also saw a shift in direct giving from some companies that employ Parker County residents. “UWPC saw tremendous increases in our Burlington Northern and Texas Health Resources employee campaigns,” Sodek said. “Those employee campaigns will have a huge impact on our ability to meet the needs of our community.”

Since 2001, UWPC has raised more than a million dollars benefiting Parker County residents. United Way annual campaign funds are allocated to local health and human service services. During 2010 UWPC allocated funds to more than 22 local health and human service programs.

About the United Way of Parker County

United Way of Parker County (UWPC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to community impact. The mission of UWPC is to improve lives and build a stronger, healthier community by funding effective programs within UWPC’s programming areas: Income & Crisis, Education &Youth, Health & Wellness and Senior Citizens.
For more information or to donate: UWPC, P.O. Box 1476, Weatherford, TX 76086; 817-596-5986; or

Each year, community volunteers play a critical role in the success of the United Way campaign. Division Chairs for the 2010 campaign included:
Danielle Felts – City of Weatherford employees
Teri Stout – Parker County employees
Sheri Campbell Husband – City of Hudson Oaks employees
Richard Aguiree – Weatherford Regional Medical Center employees
Charlotte LaGrone – WISD employees
Tanya Hodges, Corey Tucker, Kim Laws – Local/Professional Business Division
Brittany Jones & Teri Smith – Healthcare Division

Programs that receive United Way funding

Campfire USA, CASA of Parker County, CPS Board/Rainbow Room, Child Study Center, Crossroads Youth Ministry, Hannah’s House, Head Start, Parker County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Center of Hope, Manna, Texas Neighborhood Services, Freedom House, AIDS Resources of Rural Texas, Star Council, Dental Health of Parker County, Kingdom Smiles, Cancer Care Services, Swan View Therapeutic Riding Center, Parker County Meals on Wheels, Preventative Health Care for Seniors, Transportation program for Seniors and the Disabled.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Kerr at Aledo High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 10

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