United Way of Central Missouri Announces Grant Recipients

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JEFFERSON CITY -The United Way of Central Missouri announced this year's campaign leadership and one-time grant recipients at a news conference Wednesday morning.

Children with the Special Learning Center in Jefferson City helped start the conference off on a good note with choral concert. The Special Learning Center was one of the eleven organizations awarded with one-time grants.

Lori Massman and Andy Fechtel are the new co-chairs for the United Way 2013 campaign. Both Massman and Fechtel are Jefferson City natives. This will be the second year Massman has served as a co-chair. President of the United Way of Central Missouri Ann Bax asked her to return.

"When you feel so strongly about something, it's not a hard thing to do. It would be harder to say no that it would to say yes," Massman said.

The campaign leadership also announced a monetary goal for this year.

"Our goal is $1.7 million, and we are going to get it done," said Massman.

The co-chairs are starting to develop a plan to meet the goal. United Way surpassed it's goal for $1.6 million in 2012.