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Kroger named as top United Way contributor
Donates more than $20,000 to campaign
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Top five contributors:

The Kroger Company

Dawson County School System

Northside Hospital-Forsyth

PCL Industrial Construction

Dawson County Government

Kroger employees have done it again.


For the past five years, Dawsonville Kroger has led the way with United Way for Dawson County contributions, this year collecting more than $22,000 for the local campaign.


The announcement was made last week at a luncheon to recognize top donors and celebrate the local organization’s successful 2010 fundraising effort.


“We reached our goal this year and raised $102,695.54,” said Jay Sessions, chairman of United Way for Dawson County’s board of directors. “This money will be used to serve and improve the community in which we live.”


Dawson County schools was the second place finisher, collecting about $7,100, and Northside Hospital-Forsyth pulled in a close third with more than $7,000 in employee contributions.


Presenting the awards, board member Katie Strayhorn said the hospital increased giving by 150 percent in the last year.


“We appreciate everyone from Northside Forsyth Hospital who lives in Dawson County and made that possible,” Strayhorn said.


United Way for Dawson County, whose mission is to improve lives ... by mobilizing the caring power and spirit of residents, provides monetary support to 14 area service agencies.


Partner agencies say the support is much needed and appreciated.


“We are so thankful for all you do for children in  North Georgia and here in Dawson County,” said Lee Highsmith, development and marketing director for Challenged Child and Friends.


The agency provides education, therapy, nursing and family support services to children with disabilities.


Children’s Center for Hope and Healing offers counseling services to surviving victims of childhood sexual assault.


Executive Director Rebecca Davis said support from United Way and its donors helped save a young woman, who was contemplating suicide, early last week.


“This is a huge success story. She didn’t slash her wrist and she didn’t take pills,” Davis said. “Instead she walked into our door and told somebody she trusted ... and she asked us for help.”