The Cape Fear United Way had a successful evening as it kicked off its 2007 campaign. Thursday, The United Way annouced UNC-W Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo as the campaign chair. Dipaolo accepted more than one million dollars in donations all coming from local companies. It was the beginning of what members of the United Way and campaign chair Rosemary DePaolo hope is a sucessful educational and fundraising year for the organization. Money from nine local companies was presented and will go to help the problems that plague our community. "There are several areas of critical need. One of which happens to be the number of people who can not afford to be treated for their medical care. We have almost fifty thousand people in this community are uninsured," Pamela Wyatt, United Way President said. Money will also go to help at risk youth. DREAMS center for arts edcation, is one program that benefits from the United Way. "To me DREAMS is a really wonderful organization and really want to go somewhere in life to do something with your life and instead of just staying on the streets and doing bad things, it's a positive image for young people," DREAMS student, Denzell Washington said. The theme for this year's United Way campaign is "One Community." Chancellor DePaolo says it's an honor to be appointed campaign chair and she hopes to help the united way reach its fundraising goal of more than two million dollars. "United Way touches the lives of so many people in our community, children certainly whole families, and that's the great thing about the united way. It's truely comprehensive in its outreach," DePaolo said. The Cape Fear Area United Way serves Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties. Some of the other issues they hope to tackle are homelessness and literacy.
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