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United Way 2017

Employees exceed United Way campaign goals

The Johnson County Commission last week recognized the United Way campaign's co-chairs for the success of the 2017 fundraiser.

This year's campaign raised more than $120,000 and had 378 donors — exceeding both goals set at the campaign's start.

"We appreciate the support of the employees to help make meaningful changes to our community," said campaign co-chair Tiffany Hentschel.

The campaign's jeans drive collected 251 pairs of jeans as a joint-effort with the city of Olathe. Johnson County Library more than doubled individual contribution numbers from last year, with $6,600 raised in 2016; $15,000 this year.

The Central Services Team, lead by Joe Waters, assistant county manager, increased its donations by 7 percent this year. That's the biggest increase in participation among the four county manager teams.