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      Goodwill Hosts Annual Fundraising Campaign in Grand Island

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      Goodwill's Grand Island-areaannual campaign is gearing up for a November kickoff, with a $70,000 goal, anda $7,500 match challenge made possible by two generous local businesses.

      The Principal Financial Grouphas pledged $5,000, and Garrett Tires and Treads has pledged $2,500, for a combinedtotal of up to $7,500 to match all new or increased donations to help Goodwillmeet its campaign goal.

      "Every first-time donation,and each dollar given above last year's gift will be matched by The PrincipalFinancial Group and Garrett Tires and Treads," said Kris Nolan Brown, GoodwillCEO. "That doubles the power of those donations, allowing us to provide evenmore opportunities for the people Goodwill serves."

      The 2012 Annual Campaign willprovide valuable support for Goodwill's Developmental Disabilities Services,which help people experiencing barriers and disabilities build such life and jobskills as time and money management, computer and technology assistance, andgoal achievement.

      Roger and June Andrews arethe Grand Island Campaign Co-Chairs for the third consecutive year, largely becauseof the level of enthusiasm the campaign generates. "The Annual Campaign is agreat example of Grand Island's generous and enthusiastic spirit," said JuneAndrews. "Goodwill programs provide opportunities that might otherwise be nonexistent.Supporting Goodwill is an easy decision to make, because you can see thepositive impact these programs have in our community."

      The campaign officially kicksoff Monday, November 12th, with a phone-a-thon manned by more than 75volunteers who will call Grand Island residents and businesses from 8:30 a.m.to 9:00 p.m. Area high school students will make evening follow-up callsthrough Thursday, November 15. "Our volunteers and supporters are outstandingbecause they believe in the Goodwill mission," said June. "Their energy isinfectious." Donations can also be made on the Goodwill website atwww.goodwillne.org.

      Donations to GoodwillIndustries of Greater Nebraska are tax-deductible as specified by current taxlaw, and stay in Grand Island to help people with disabilities or barriersreach their goals and improve their quality of life. For more information, callTom Conlon, Development Director, at (308) 384-7896.

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