The organization did not set a public goal for this year’s campaign. CEO Joe Tolan said the idea was to help people understand that even with the enormous success of the fund drive, there is always more need.
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Metro United Way first put out the call for volunteers and projects for those volunteers to work on late last year. Kelly Garvey with the United Way says she expected about 30 nonprofits to submit projects, and about 300 people to volunteer. But 64 projects were submitted and more than 700 volunteers signed up.
The ceremony does not mark the end of the campaign, which runs through March. Instead, officials will give an update on this year’s fundraising. While previous campaigns have sought to raise nearly 30 million dollars each year, spokesperson Mark Zanni says there was no goal for 2010.
An anonymous donor has pledged a large sum to the Metro United Way if the agency can raise the same amount by month’s end.