FORT KENT - The United Way of Aroostook started this year off with a $520,000 goal, and on June 11 they met that goal.
“We really didn’t think we would make it,” said Claudia Stevens, executive director of the United Way.
The Paradis Shop ’n Save United Way Benefit Scramble was the final fundraising event of the year for the United Way, whose fiscal year ends on June 30.
Going into the golf tournament, the organization was at 98.5 percent of its goal and only $7,782 short.
With registration fees and sponsorships, as well as selling mulligans, the net profit was slightly more than $6,000, according to Stevens.
“When the Paradis (family) realized we were $1,500 short of our $520,000 goal, they got together and decided to add an additional $1,500 to ensure the United Way reached their goal,” said a grateful Stevens.
Stevens said she is especially excited about an increase in involvement from the St. John Valley.
There are now four board members on the United Way of Aroostook Board of Directors from the Valley.
Scott Voisine is on the board as representation for the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Robin Damboise for Northern Maine Medical Center, Suzie Paradis for both the town of Madawaska and the Paradis family, and Ed Welch, for Twin Rivers Paper Company.
“We appreciate the much needed Valley support that we are seeing,” said Stevens.