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Metro United Way To Celebrate Fundraising Campaign

The Metro United Way will celebrate its 2010 fundraising campaign Wednesday.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."This year, we knew that the need was so large, we could never meet the total needs of our community," he says. "Our goal was really an ask. We asked people, if they could give, to give 110%."Zanni won't reveal how much money has been raised until Wednesday morning, but he says by all indications, donors have been generous. He says if this year's campaign is successful, the United Way may not set a goal for next year's campaign, either.By this time last year, the United Way had raised more than $24 million toward its $28.5 million goal.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.