United Way kicks off campaign

August 20, 2013 • Local News

Board President Clarissa Gonzalez-Adams, right, hosted Monday’s United Way of Chaves County’s 2013 campaign kick-off. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

United Way of Chaves County kicked off its 2013 campaign Monday with the help of a full banquet room at the Civic Center.

“It just shows how much support we get from the community,” said this year’s Board President Clarissa Gonzales-Adams.

Gonzales-Adams said the regional United Way organization was “really excited” for the campaign.

“We know we’re going to have a great year,” Gonzales-Adams told the luncheon crowd.

This year’s Campaign Compadres, organizations that [auth] donated funds to cover the campaign costs are Armstrong Energy Corp., Century Link, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Eastern New Mexico University-Ros-well, KOBR-TV, Lovelace Regional Hospital-Ros-well, Ritter & Co., The Toles Co. and Xcel Energy.

The 2013 fundraising goal is $525,000.

The United Way’s 11th annual gold tournament is set for Sept. 21 at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. United Way has started taking individual and team entries, Gonzales-Adams said.

The underlying goal of the campaign remains “to meet the needs of our community,” she said.

Agencies that receive funds from the United Way of Chaves County include: American Red Cross of Southeastern New Mexico, Assurance Home, Boy Scouts Conquistador Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Roswell, Chaves County CASA, Chaves County J.O.Y. Centers, Esperanza House, The Roswell Refuge, The Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest and Wings for L.I.F.E., among others.

Contributions stay in Chaves County.

“We’re working hard to make our community a better place,” Gonzales-Adams said.

Barbara and Jesse Gomez will be campaign co-chairs for 2013.

“We cannot raise this much money alone,” said Barbara Gomez. “We can make a difference in our community.”

The couple said they want to help the community be as strong as possible and appreciate the support and contributions.

“Every one of us is important to the United Way,” Barbara Gomez said.

Jesse Gomez challenged the crowded room by asking them to begin right away by donating. He had written a check of $250.

“The amount is not an issue,” Jesse Gomez said. “Help me to help us to reach what we need to reach.”

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