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United Way: State Farm raised $2.19M

United Way: State Farm raised $2.19M

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BLOOMINGTON -- United Way of McLean County got an early Christmas present from State Farm, which raised more than $2.19 million for the annual campaign, the company announced Wednesday.

"It's obviously fantastic news -- a wonderful Christmas present for the community and United Way," said campaign chairman Mark Peterson, city manager of Normal. "It's further evidence of their tremendous support for the community."

United Way's overall goal is $4.78 million. Campaign results will be announced Jan. 14. Last year, United Way raised $4,639,500.

State Farm corporate employees contributed $1.45 million, Illinois Operations Center staff raised more than $146,000, and the State Farm Companies Foundation contributed an additional $590,000, the insurer said in a statement.

The corporate results were announced Dec. 7.

"State Farm supports United Way because we are committed to making our community a better place to live and work," said Willie Brown, State Farm executive vice president and long-time supporter of United Way. "And we are so proud of our employees. They continue to demonstrate their Good Neighbor spirit, even during these difficult economic times."

United Way supports 48 social service programs in McLean County, including those that help the homeless, people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, and children and families in crisis.

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