United Way in Waukesha County campaign raises more than $4.5 million

United Way in Waukesha County exceeded its 2012 campaign goal of $4.5 million, raising a total of $4,503,708.

The total funds collected add up to a 3.5 percent increase from funds raised in 2011.

To celebrate the campaign’s success and live up to a bet he made last year, Mike Erwin, 2012 campaign chair and president of Tailored Label Products, shaved his head during the organization’s annual Appreciation Breakfast Thursday at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. Cynthia Bindrich from Studio 890 Salons in Brookfield shaved Erwin’s head.

“It never ceases to amaze me how generous the many Waukesha County business and community leaders and employees are when it comes to sharing their time and treasure with those in need,” Erwin said.

The 2012 campaign dollars will assist United Way in Waukesha County in reaching its Strive for 5 campaign goal – a three-year challenge to raise 5 million dollars and secure 500 volunteers by the end of 2014.

“Amazing things happen when you pull together as a community,” said Jayne Thoma, executive director of United Way in Waukesha County. “There are literally thousands of individuals and businesses who worked together to achieve this ambitious goals. We celebrate and applaud the generosity of our donors and volunteers, and we now look forward to investing these contributions in programs and services to help those most in need.”

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