United Way of O.C. Gives Out $14.3 Million

Administrative cost-cutting and a 6% jump in donations enabled the United Way of Orange County to dole out $14.3 million to dozens of community agencies ranging from the Girl Scouts to the American Red Cross on Friday.

"The money is a huge support, not only the financial part that supports a number of our programs, but it also shows great community support in Orange County," said Ann Truxaw, director of resource development at Catholic Charities of Orange County. Her agency received $179,092 this year--roughly $45,000 more than last year.

The charity spread the money around to more than 100 Orange County community agencies. The American Red Cross received the largest piece of funding pie: $569,845.

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