During its final celebration and recognition breakfast at Scovill’s Thursday, United Way of Livingston County publicly revealed its 2012 fundraising campaign total of $245,272.

Three event highlights

1 During its final celebration and recognition breakfast at Scovill’s Thursday, United Way of Livingston County publicly revealed its 2012 fundraising campaign total of $245,272.

2 In addition to the announcement, five companies were given an Award of Excellence Plus for their fundraising achievements: Livingston County Employees, $36,318; Five Star Bank (51 branches) more than $100,000; Wegmans of Geneseo, $43,842; Kraft Foods, $16,000; Genesee-Wyoming Railroad, $23,650. Also, 15 companies received The Award of?Excellence for their outstanding efforts.

3 Two Good Neighbor Awards were also bestowed. The first went to volunteers from Holy Ground Ministry Church who have taken over the Back?Pack program at York Central School; the second went to Joe Gilroy, the United Way campaign coordinator at Kraft foods. He will be retiring this year, and during his 15-year tenure as coordinator, has helped Kraft raise more than $200,000 for the United Way.

Overheard at the event

“Our annual campaign is so much more than a number or financial goal. It’s about helping those in our community who, for whatever reason, are less fortunate right now. Behind every dollar raised you will find some truly remarkable people, for example all of you in this room who live united by volunteering, advocating and giving to causes you believe in.” — Matt Cole, 2012 campaign chair