United Way announces agencies getting campaign money

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Christmas came in July for dozens of local non-profit organizations. Metro United Way handed out millions of dollars today.

This year's fundraising campaign raised almost $22 million, and an oversized check with that amount was presented Wednesday to officials at the Presbyterian Community Center in the Smoketown neighborhood.

The United Way is the Community Center's biggest donor. So far this year it has given $238,319.

About 90 other metro agencies got money from the United Way this year.

"The donations we're talking about, pushing out into community service today, will impact the lives of over 350,000 folks," said 2009 Campaign Chair Barry Barker. "If you think about that, that's a third of the community."

The Louisville chapter of the American Red Cross received the most money: $2,092,311.

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