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United Way Tops Goal

The United Way of Greater Rochester has topped this year's goal. On Thursday morning, officials announced the campaign raised $24.3 million, just above the $24 million goal.

This year's campaign chairs were Lauren Dixon and Mike Schwabl of the marketing and advertising firm, Dixon Schwabl.  Lauren Dixon noted that the money raised, " stays right here in Rochester, and truly makes a difference for those in our community who need our help."

The United Way is currently in the third year of a three-year funding cycle as part of the organization's Blueprint for Change. The organization parts with nearly 60 not-for profit-agencies. 

The new president for United Way, Fran Weisberg, says with the change in the local economy and downsizing at what used to be the three major employers, the United Way increasingly has spread out its fundraising efforts among all kinds of businesses and organizations.

Paychex President & CEO Marty Mucci has been named Chair of the 2016 United Way Campaign.

The United way also is helping coordinating the recently formed Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty initiative.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.