Lisa Carmichael

From left, Lisa Carmichael the 2020 United Way President to be, Dan Varn, executive director of United Way in Mansfield, North Central State College President Dory Diab, Ohio State University-Mansfield President Norman Jones and Chris Hiner, campaign chairman for the 2019-2020 United Way fundraising campaign pose for a photo with a check from OSU and NCSC.

MANSFIELD -- The United Way of Richland County is expecting to reach its goal of $1,425,000. 

If it does, this would be the third straight year of reaching the goal, campaign chairman Chris Hiner said at the Mid-Campaign Luncheon Friday inside the Eisenhower Memorial Center on Ohio State-Mansfield's campus.

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Dan Varn, executive director at United Way

"The United Way in raising funds, it's a never-ending game," Hiner said.

"It feels like we are always chasing a rabbit in regards to how we help people's needs. They continuously change. But the need to fund programs to help those in the community never changes. At this point, we've raised $1,011,945.93."

Applause greeted Hiner when he announced the figure.

"We're in a very good position in terms of where we have been in the past," the president of Richland Bank said.

Hiner said that figure is about 71 percent of the original goal set by United Way set in September of 2019. The total is the same as the total raised in the most recent campaign.

"It's a great hump when we get over that $1 million mark," Hiner said. "Every dollar after adds more 'oomph.' every dollar counts."

Dan Varn, executive director of United Way, told the audience there seven weeks of campaigning remain.

Also honored at the luncheon was the United Way's 2020 Hidden Hero for the new year, Troy Cramer, mission support commander of the 179th Airlift Wing.

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Hidden Hero Troy Cramer, mission support commander of the 179th Airlift Wing, shakes hands with United Way executive director, Dan Varn.

Cramer showed tremendous leadership in helping United Way gather volunteers and throw events for the United Way, Hiner said.

"He does not do it for the recognition, but simply because it is the right thing to do," said Lisa Carmichael, who will soon be the president of the United Way board.

"It's been an absolute pleasure working with you," Varn said to Cramer. "Our local community is better because of what you have done."

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.