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UNITED WAY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY OFFICIAL RESPONSE: UNITED WAY OF AMERICA AND ITS PRESIDENT, WILLIAM ARAMONY

 UNITED WAY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY OFFICIAL RESPONSE:
 UNITED WAY OF AMERICA AND ITS PRESIDENT, WILLIAM ARAMONY
 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Way of Allegheny County today issued the following statement.
 "United Way of Allegheny County is concerend about the recent allegatons against United Way of America and its president, William Aramony, the organization announced today.
 "At a 3:30 p.m. teleconference call today, United Way of Allegheny County has learned that yesterday (Feb. 26) Aramony submitted aletter of retirement to the United Way of America board of governors. The board accepted the letter.
 "Today's teleconference call involved LaSalle D. LeFall Jr., M.D., chairman of the United Way of America executive committee; attorney Berl Bernhard, chairman, Verner Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand; and Aramony, president, United Way of America.
 "United Way of Allegheny County does not believe the information presented in the teleconference call is a complete report, but rather a progress report of the situation at United Way of America. The local United way awaits the full details and will report them to its executive committee and board. Then it will make a decision about future support and participation of United Way of America.
 "According to John Akers, chairman of the board, United Way of America, the national organizaton will immediately set in motion the process of seeking a successor.
 "United Way of Allegheny County values the work of Aramony over the past 22 years in shaping United Way into one of the most successful charitable organizations in the nation. The local United Way continues to express its confidence in the national organization and the valuable services it provides. However, in light of the recent controversy, United Way of Allegheny County feels that Aramony's retirement is the best course of action.
 "However, given the need to begin the healing process and continue the ongoing investigation, United Way of Allegheny County feels that it would be most appropriate if Aramony's retirement were effective immediately rather than having him continue day-to-day management during the search process.
 "Following its Feb. 25 meeting, United Way of Allegheny County's board of directors sent a letter to Akers, stating that the local United Way expects the national organization to continue an independent investigation of the situation to clarify any potential problems with the management of United Way of America. The local United Way will report to the public the results of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Washington law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
 "The local United Way wants to assure contributors that their local United Way will continue to effectively address community needs. United Way of Allegheny County assures the public that of each dollar contributed, only 10.5 percnt goes to overhead; the remainder funds health and human service nonprofit organizations.
 "As an organization which is both dependent on and accountable to the public, United Way of Allegheny County will address all concerns and questions. The media and the public are encouraged to call United Way at 412-394-5461 with questions and concerns."
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 /CONTACT: Kimberly Flaherty of the United Way of Allegheny County, 412-261-6010, ext. 207, or after 5:30 p.m. at 412-394-5344/ CO: United Way of America; United Way of Allegheny County ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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