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UNITED WAY HONORS LOCAL COMPANIES

 DETROIT, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Employee and labor union members representing 760 metropolitan Detroit-area organizations received special recognition today at United Way's 32nd annual Honor Awards meeting held at Cobo Hall.
 Organizations both large and small were honored for their participation in the 1992 United Way campaign.
 Attending the meeting were more than 1,000 chief executive officers, volunteer solicitors, employee campaign chairs and labor representatives.
 Presiding at the meeting was the 1992 United Way Torch Drive General Chair James B. Fitzpatrick. He commended the honor award winners who helped make a difference to so many in metro Detroit.
 "Last year was one of the most challenging campaigns in the history of United Way. With the help of thousands of volunteers as well as corporations, we can all be proud to have raised $57.8 million under very poor economic conditions," Fitzpatrick said. "This achievement demonstrates our community's concern to help others," he added.
 Fitzpatrick said contributions are used to support over 140 agencies in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to feed the hungry and provide adult day care programs for the elderly. United Way funds also go to programs dealing with child abuse, teen suicide, teen parental responsibilities, substance abuse and crime to name a few.
 Also speaking at the awards was Carolyn Forrest, vice president, United Auto Workers and vice chair of labor for the 1992 and 1993 United Way Torch Drive. She commended organized labor's efforts in 1992 and pledged its commitment again this year. Special awards were received by 165 union locals and organizations, recognizing union members' participation in award-winning campaigns," Forrest added.
 "Leaders of organized labor like Walter Reuther, helped to create this United Way," she said. "We take pride in the fact that our United Way's fund-raising and administrative costs are only 10.7 percent, as compared to 25-40 percent for other organizations. Labor is proud to participate in United Way and is totally committed," Forrest added.
 The meeting was paid for by United Way's Meeting Sponsorship Pool, made up of business firms and labor organizations that pay meeting costs in addition to making generous gifts to the annual campaign.
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 /CONTACT: Gary D. Lichtman, media relations, United Way, 313-226-9283/


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