Saturday, February 16, 2008

GEICO is the #1 Largest United Way of Central Georgia Campaign, Pledging $701,763 to Strengthen Our Local Communities

2/13/08 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, United Way of Central Georgia recognized GEICO as the #1 largest contributor at a campaign celebration held at GEICO. GEICO and its associates delivered record-breaking contributions, pledging $701,763 during the 2007 United Way campaign to raise money to help those in need.

“We cannot thank GEICO enough,” said United Way Board Chairman Steve Kruger, L.E. Schwartz & Son. “Not only are they our number one company, but this year, they also had the largest increase in the 25-year history of GEICO running United Way campaigns!”

GEICO associates raised $581,760 for a 25 percent increase over last year, which brought in $118,095 much-needed new dollars this year. Their corporate gift also increased—from $98,000 in 2006 to $120,000 in 2007—a 22 percent increase. Combined with the corporate gift, the grand total raised by GEICO was $701,763.

“The key to our success was the dedication of our campaign coordinators, Ashley Maddox, Stephanie Miller and Kim Seay,” said John Izzo, southeastern regional vice president of GEICO. “They ran dozens of associate meetings to educate everyone about what United Way does for our community and that strategy really paid off. And, of course, I am so proud of our generous and community-minded associates who ultimately made all this possible.”

According to GEICO coordinator Ashley Maddox, “I think this sends the message loud and clear that GEICO associates really care about the communities they live in and believe that United Way really can make a difference in people’s lives. On behalf of myself and the other coordinators, I just want to thank our coworkers for coming through!”

This year’s GEICO employee campaign also has the distinction of having the highest dollar increase of any Central Georgia company that raised money for the 2007 United Way of Central Georgia campaign.

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