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United Way Honors Annapolis For Employee Donations

The city received the United Way of Central Maryland's 2011 Stellar Growth Award for having a significant jump in both donations and the number of employees donating.

Annapolis was honored for its "stellar growth" in fundraising for the United Way of Central Maryland at Monday night's City Council meeting.

The Stellar Growth Award is presented annually to an organization that achieved outstanding growth in donors and dollars, according to the United Way of Central Maryland's website.

City employees donated 67-percent more in 2011 than they did in 2010, and the number of employees who participated doubled, said Mark Furst, president of United Way of Central Maryland.

Mayor Josh Cohen accepted the award on behalf of the city and said given the cutbacks, layoffs and furloughs that city employees have endured, this achievement was, "even more remarkable."

Cohen praised the work of Annapolis' community relations specialist Eugene Peterson, who convinced people to donate money from each paycheck to the United Way.

"It’s not a charge that everyone is exactly excited about receiving," Cohen said.

United Way will disperse $1.4 million this year to people in need across Anne Arundel County.

Furst said, "This money comes from individuals giving a dollar or two a day."

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