A goal of $325,000 has been set for the 2008 Brown County United Way campaign, drive officials announced.

The campaign will open with a noon luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Howard Payne University’s Mabee Center. Tickets will be $12.50 each, Karen Lynch, United Way executive director, said.

The goal is slightly more than the $321,235 received or pledged during the 2007 campaign, which ended in February.

Ken Becker, associate vice president for Texas State Technical College-West Texas, will serve as drive chair.

“I was pleased to be nominated and then selected to be the 2008 Campaign Chairman for the Brown County United Way,” Becker said. “I was involved in the Nolan County United Way many years ago while in Sweetwater and my oldest daughter, Jennifer, is currently on that board.

“United Way is a way to assist a lot of folks by giving to just one organization. The Brown County United Way has 14 agencies that it assists because of what each of you do for the United Way. Each of these agencies assist many people in Brown County and because of your donations, you are assisting these agencies and their customer base.”

Becker added that it is time “to step up to the plate again and make a donation to the Brown County United Way.”

The member agencies of the Brown County United Way are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Ark domestic violence shelter, Small World Child Development Center, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key, American Red Cross Pecan Valley Chapter, Salvation Army Loaves and Fishes, Family Services Center, Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens, Mid-Tex Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Cancer Services Network, Brown County 4-H Clubs, Brown County Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council.

“You help thousands of people by making one donation, and it assists those friends and neighbors right here in Brown County,” Becker said. “Your United Way agency in Brown County does a tremendous job of being stewards of your donations. Give the gift that helps so many; give to the Brown County United Way.”