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January 14, 2013

United Way announces new board members

Cooke County — Cooke County United Way representatives announced the appointment of several new board members during the past week.

New members include Spencer Flint, Kristi Rigsby, Amanda Riley, Billy Roessler, Pam Sidwell and John Walterscheid. And during the 2013 campaign, Brent Reed will serve as president; Rhonda Beam will serve as vice-president; and Lois Essenburg will serve as treasurer. United Way representatives are scheduled to announce new chairs during January.

As in years past, the 2013 proceeds will benefit more than 15 local agencies. Promotional literature for the upcoming campaign provided details about what exactly the benefit agencies do for local beneficiaries, who are often Cooke County children.

Partially due to the successful collection of 2012 funds, Abigail's Arms Family Crisis Center helped 420 clients; the American Red Cross/Texoma Chapter helped 1,546 individuals and families; Boy Scouts/Longhorn Chapter supported 292 youth and Scout leaders; Boys & Girls Club of Cooke County benefited 2,902 youth; Boys Baseball of Cooke County benefited 412 youth; Court Appointed Special Advocates of North Texas helped 92 children; Cooke County Youth Fair spotlighted the work of 510 students; Girl Scouts/Texas Oklahoma Plains, supported 402 youth and leaders; Home Hospice of Cooke County aided in the last wishes of 109 patients; Meals on Wheels/Texas Senior Nutrition served 358 elderly and disabled patients; Muenster Youth Council helped 761 youth participate in related events; Reading and Radio Resource helped 5,964 clients; SW Diabetic Foundation sent 640 youth to Camp Sweeney; Texoma Area Paratransit/TAPS provided 33,266 rides to customers; Texoma Sr. Citizen/Area Agency on Aging helped 636 seniors; and Volunteers In Service To Others (VISTO) helped 10,151 county residents in need.

For more information, call (940) 665-1763 or visit www.cookeuw.org.

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