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December 24, 2007

CW surpasses goal for 2007 United Way Pacesetter Campaign

Williamsburg employees, retirees and volunteers contributed more than $196,000 during the 2007 United Way Pacesetter Campaign to exceed the goal by two percent. With the Foundation’s matching funds, the contribution will total more than $294,000 in support of the United Way of Greater Williamsburg (UWGW).

Colonial Williamsburg holds the largest single workplace campaign in the UWGW geographic area that includes the City of Williamsburg, James City County and upper York County. “Exceeding the Foundation’s ambitious goal in support of the United Way is a particularly rewarding way to conclude a remarkable year,” said Colonial Williamsburg’s President Colin Campbell. “The generosity of Colonial Williamsburg employees, retirees and volunteers plays a crucial role in improving people’s lives in the Williamsburg community. I consider it my good fortune to work with such compassionate people.”

"In the true spirit of giving, once again, Colonial Williamsburg has ‘set the pace’ with their annual campaign,” said Sharron Cornelius, executive director of UWGW. “This support to the United Way campaign is not just about money, but investing the money into programs that help the citizens of this community with basic life sustaining needs to include help after a disaster at home, mentoring youth, emergency medical transportation, basic transportation for the elderly and disabled, child development, family outreach and hospice care. Our community continues to grow, and with the support of Colonial Williamsburg’s pacesetter campaign, we hope to continue to build a healthy community 365 days a year.”

Colonial Williamsburg’s United Way Pacesetter Campaign is part of the larger Community Campaign that UWGW conducts annually. The goal for 2007 is $1,999,999. UWGW has met 80 percent of this goal to date. Funds from the campaign for the United Way’s are distributed to 40 programs administered by 22 partner agencies. The theme of this year’s campaign was “Building a Healthy Community 24/7…That’s What Matters.”

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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