FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2011

This week United Way of Dane County will distributed $100,000 provided by an anonymous philanthropist to make the holidays brighter for teens and families who need extra help.

The Dane County donor approached United Way for the second year in a row to give gifts and gift cards to teenagers. Every year, United Way raises money to buy presents for older teens (12 to 17-year-olds) on the Toys for Tots list. But now, thanks to the generosity of one person, every teen on the list (about 1,600) will get a fifty-dollar gift card or gift.

“The continued generosity of this donor astonishes me,” said Leslie Ann Howard, United Way President and CEO, “It’s just a heartwarming feeling to be able to help a donor make such a big difference for families this holiday season.”

The bulk of the gift cards, about $90,000, will go to families of teens who registered through the Toys for Tots program. That registration process finished last month. The distribution began Monday, December 12th and runs through Friday at the Alliant Energy Center.

The remaining gift cards, about $10,000, will be used to provide needed support for families with special needs previously identified through United Way partner agencies.

The gift cards were purchased through Target, Shopko and Kohls who also made additional donations.

Our Community’s Agenda for Change
EDUCATION
• Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
• Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

SAFETY
• There is a decrease in family homelessness.
• There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.

HEALTH
• People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
• Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition
in Dane County.