United Way surpasses $220,000


Another successful fund-raising effort by generous team members of Duncan Regional Hospital (DRH) has pushed the United Way of Stephens County past the $220,000 plateau.

Individuals at the hospital donated $51,221.56.

“I am truly proud of our team’s internal fund-raising efforts,” LeAnn McCord, Director of Surgical Services and chairman of the DRH drive, said. “It’s the most we’ve ever raised and represents a fantastic commitment to improving lives throughout our community.”

This year’s campaign is on pace to meet last year’s $325,000 goal but will need last-minute help to ensure that target is reached.

“We’re to the point now where everything has to fall into place for us to reach our goal,” Stephanie Gregston, co-chairman of the campaign, admitted. “We need help. We encourage everyone to get involved and to make a positive difference.”

Jeff Gregston, Stephanie’s husband and campaign co-chairman added his praise for Duncan Regional’s generosity and challenged others to share their level of involvement.

“They understand who and how the United Way helps, and they realize it’s a giving program started 64 years ago by community leaders and maintained ever since.”

Funds raised will support 12 partner agencies that include CASA of Southwest Oklahoma, Christians Concerned, Douglass East Side Senior Citizens Center, Duncan Community Residence, Duncan Area Literacy Council, Duncan Senior Citizens Center, Gabriel’s House, Heartline 2-1-1, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Legal Aid of Oklahoma, Marlow Samaritans and Safe Center, formerly Women’s Haven.

Additionally, the United Way of Stephens County supports Readers & Leaders in 32 Duncan Public School System classrooms, coordinates A Day of Caring in May that addresses projects for not-for-profit agencies throughout the county and sponsors Dine United, a restaurant campaign participation opportunity.

  Contributions can be mailed to the United Way of Stephens County, P.O. Box 1632, Duncan, OK 73534 or dropped off at the United Way office, 12 South 8th Street, Suite 9, Duncan.   For additional information, contact Executive Director Ed Darling at (580) 255-3648.