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United Way Victory Luncheon

Thursday marked the end of the United Way's 2013 Campaign, and they celebrated at the Civic Center.
AMARILLO -- Thursday marked the end of the United Way's 2013 Campaign, and they celebrated at the Civic Center.

The United Way of Amarillo and Canyon helps many local agencies that work to improve lives. Some of those helped by the funds donated include the Amarillo Area CASA, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Bridge, and the Salvation Army.

The Victory Luncheon included more than 100 businesses with nearly 800 attendees. Awards were given out for best performance by volunteers and companies.

This year's goal was $5.9 million and the total so far is about $5.5 million.

One of the things that affected the outcome was this year's government shutdown, but the campaign co-chairs said the effort was not hindered.

"You know these things just happen, but believe me, it didn't stall us at all, we just kept after it, you know, and try as hard as we can to raise the money for the folks that need the money," said Smith Ellis, one of the co-chairs of this year's campaign.

A council determines how much money to give out by reviewing proposals from the beneficiary agencies.

It's given out based on the need of those agencies.

It is not clear right now if any of the agencies will have to change its programs for the next year.
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