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United Way of Cass-Clay reaches fundraising goal of $5.5 million

FARGO - Sheriff Paul Laney didn't just fight crime this year. The Cass County sheriff was chairman of the 2014 United Way of Cass-Clay campaign that met its goal of raising $5.5 million for community investment. "This year has been a labor of lov...

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Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney announces United Way of Cass-Clay reached the 2014 goal of $5.5 million on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, during a reception at The Stage at Island Park. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO – Sheriff Paul Laney didn’t just fight crime this year.

The Cass County sheriff was chairman of the 2014 United Way of Cass-Clay campaign that met its goal of raising $5.5 million for community investment.

“This year has been a labor of love,” Laney said Friday when announcing at the Stage at Island Park that the organization had met its goal. “It’s just something I’m so proud to be a part of.”

“It does give people an opportunity to succeed,” Laney said. “It does invest in people that need a helping hand. It does invest in people that protect others.”

He thanked the audience of more than 150 people, many of whom volunteered for the United Way campaign.

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The United Way’s fundraising goal for 2014 was $300,000 more than the previous year’s goal.

United Way Cass-Clay spokeswoman Kristina Hein said the jump in fundraising was the largest increase in funding goals since 2008’s campaign. 

Hein said next year’s goal has not been established yet.

In the past 10 years, United Way of Cass-Clay has raised more than $48 million to invest in the community, President Sherri Thomsen said.

 

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United Way of Cass-Clay President Sher Tomsen speaks Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, during a reception at The Stage at Island Park. at The Stage at Island Park. David Samson / The Forum

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