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United Way sets lofty goal in campaign
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Alongside Adam Kobek, Batman and Robin — better known as United Way campaign chairman Clarence Morgan and co-chairman Stan Sparks — go looking for superheroes in Gotham City, better known as Effingham County. The United Way of Effingham County announced its fundraising goal at Thursday’s kickoff luncheon at the Effingham County Recreation Department and are hoping to raise $249,999. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

The United Way of Effingham County set a goal of $249,999 as it kicked off its campaign Wednesday afternoon.

“We have had great success already,” campaign co-chairman Stan Sparks said.

The six Pacesetters have raised more than $91,000 to date, with the Effingham Board of Education raising $40,000, Georgia Power raising $19,000, Effingham Hospital raising $12,000, Citizens Bank of Effingham raising $7,500 and the Board of Commissioners raising $7,000.

The campaign is only 5 percent away from its Pacesetter goal. Pacesetters begin early contributions to the campaign.

In announcing the goal, campaign chairman Clarence Morgan doesn’t want to stop just shy of $250,000.

“Don’t think that we’re going to quit,” he said.

The United Way of the Coastal Empire’s goal is $8 million and the campaign — “Man of Steel: Use Your Superpowers for the Good of the Community” — is led by Bert Tenenbaum of Chatham Steel.