United Way thanks supporters

By Michelle Costanza

December 13, 2013 Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) United Way of Broome County invited donors to a reception Thursday night to express gratitude for their community support.

Education, income and health are the focus points of the organization's annual campaign to improve the lives of local residents through programs and services.

Though the campaign will run for a few more months, more than $1.7 million of the $3.25 million goal has already been reached.

"After government funding for human service programs, United Way is the largest funder of those programs, so we play a significant role," said United Way Executive Director Alan Hertel.

The holiday-themed reception held at the Roberson Museum provided hors d'oeuvres and prize drawings for the businesses, companies and individual volunteers who have shown their support to the cause through donations.

"The passion to help people is really tangible," Hertel said, "But without the help of the donors, it would be impossible to provide the broad spectrum of services and support to Broome County."

Some of the companies that came out to support the campaign included BAE Systems, Excellus, IBM, Wegmans and Visions Credit Union.

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