For Grayson County United Way, a little teamwork between Sherman and Denison in the last year went a long way. The cities’ mayors served as campaign co-chairs of the group’s fundraising efforts for 2013-2014, the first time in the organization’s history that has occurred.

For Grayson County United Way, a little teamwork between Sherman and Denison in the last year went a long way. The cities’ mayors served as campaign co-chairs of the group’s fundraising efforts for 2013-2014, the first time in the organization’s history that has occurred.


"As I was reflecting today on what the last year looked like and what this is all about — when I get here and I see all the faces in the room, these aren’t just givers to United Way," said Denison Mayor Jared Johnson prior to the announcement of the yearly fundraising totals. "You give within your own communities; you serve on other boards and commissions, on other nonprofit organizations that really make this county special. When we think about that, this ‘Live United’ (motto) really stands out."


GCUW bested its ambitious fundraising goal of $1.355 million by banking $1,365,993 in 2013, said Sherman Mayor Cary Wacker. The money will be divided among 19 community partners, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs of Denison and Sherman, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Home Hospice of Grayson County, and The Salvation Army. Johnson pointed out that all of those dollars stayed in the county to help needy individuals.


"The generosity that this campaign had and campaigns in the past, there were kids going to after school programs all throughout the county that benefited from those dollars," said Johnson. "There were meals that were being delivered to seniors that otherwise wouldn’t have a meal in the middle of the day. There was counseling being done to children and families that wouldn’t have counseling. And many other programs throughout this community because of that generosity."


Wacker said the united efforts of the two cities produced positive results for United Way, but the benefits of the partnership won’t stop there.


"We’ve had a lot of fun working together and seeing what we can accomplish when we work together," said Wacker.