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Campaign Chairman Ryan Huber, left, and Treasurer Pat Essig, right, unfurl a banner Friday at the Ramada revealing that the Mitchell United Way surpassed its fundraising goal of $425,000. This is the 31st consecutive year the Mitchell United Way has achieved its goal.(Chris Mueller/Republic)

United Way soars past goal, raises $437,738

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Mitchell United Way announced Friday at the Ramada that the organization's annual fundraising campaign brought in $437,738, nearly $13,000 beyond the goal.

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It was the 31st consecutive year that the local United Way attained its goal. This year, the goal was $425,000.

At Friday's awards luncheon, many who donated sat alongside others who will be helped by the money.

"For us to do this just speaks of the Mitchell area and their benevolence with their time, talents and treasures," said Ryan Huber, who served as campaign chairman this year.

Huber said he was relieved to finally know he and the organization achieved the goal.

"It has been a long couple of months, but a good couple of months," Huber said.

The goal was announced in August during the annual Day of Caring event. Fundraising has been ongoing ever since.

There are 29 local organizations that receive financial support from United Way, including Cornerstone Career Learning Center, which provides people in the Mitchell area with basic education and workplace training, and LifeQuest, which provides services and support for people with developmental disabilities. Following is a list of "Special Awards" presented Friday. A full list of award recipients will be printed in a future edition.

HOYT J. GRANTER SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY (More than $50,000)

Avera Queen of Peace Associates

LEADERSHIP AWARD ($30,000 - $39,999)

Trail King Industries, Inc.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD ($20,000 - $29,999)

Innovative Systems, L.L.C.

GRAND ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ($15,000 - $19,999)

Vantage Point Solutions

PRESIDENT'S ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ($10,000 - $14,999)

CorTrust Bank County Fair Food Store Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems LifeQuest Muth Electric, Inc. Wells Fargo, N.A.

KEY AWARD ($7,500 - $9,999)

Dakota Wesleyan University Firesteel Health Care Center First Dakota National Bank SD First National Bank SD/Insurance Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCY ($5,000 - $7,499)

Bank West CHR Solutions Coborn's Superstore Dakota Counseling Institute Northwestern Energy Tessier's, Inc. United Parcel Service

SERVICE AWARD ($3,000 - $4,999)

Abbott House Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. Fischer, Rounds & Associates, Inc. Jack's Campers Mitchell Daily Republic Mitchell Schools - Mitchell Technical Institute Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd. Vern Eide Ford

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