The executive director of the United Way of Leavenworth County said the organization raised $147,000 this year.

“We look forward to a bigger and better campaign in the future,” said Wendell Maddox.

Maddox and other organization officials spoke during the annual meeting and luncheon Tuesday at the University of Saint Mary.

Money raised goes to the organization’s 19 partner agencies in the county.

“We accomplished great things in a difficult year,” said Blake Waters, campaign chairman.

Waters said the local United Way has achieved great things since its inception in 1956.

“The United Way has a long legacy in this county for caring for those less fortunate,” he said.

Larry Martin, chairman of the board of directors, said the United Way’s role in the community is “greater than ever.”

He said the organization is moving forward on several projects, including a reading program for youth, a crisis intervention service and public transportation assistance.

The organization recognized several businesses in the community for their charitable donations to the United Way.

During the business portion of the meeting, Mary Mack announced three new members of the board of directors. New board members are Rachel Warner, Trina Gilfert and Patrick Altenhofen. They will serve three-year terms on the board.

Maddox announced that the second annual Westar Golf Tournament, a benefit for the United Way of Leavenworth County, will be held at noon June 29 at Falcon Lakes Golf Club in Basehor.

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