U.J.A. Special Fund Drive in Washington Brings Highest Results

Contributions to the Special Fund of the 1962 United Jewish Appeal drive in the national capital area are topping the entire nation in terms of percent increases over the special fund raised in 1961, it was reported today by Hyman Goldman, general campaign chairman, and Joseph Ottenstein, president of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Washington.

“All indications point to a final result here of a special fund in 1962 surpassing that of 1961 by 50 percent,” said leaders Ottenstein and Goldman. The rate of increase, they said, reflects the “intense response and keen understanding” by metropolitan Washington Jewry “of the emergency conditions underlying the vast movement of peoples in the critical year 1962.”

The upsurge in contributions to the special fund from this area, they stated, far outstrips the national average, as well as running substantially ahead of the special fund raised in any other single large-city campaign. The dollar version of this accomplishment is shown in the most recent progress report with total pledges to the 1962 special fund of the Greater Washington UJA drive now well over $570,000. With the 1962 campaign still several months to go before year’s end, this interim total is already far ahead of the D.C. area’s final special fund total last year of $410,000 as of Dec. 31, 1961.

The regular fund, too, is running well ahead of last year and has already exceeded $1,110,000. The rate of increase for the regular fund is approximately ten percent higher than that portion of the 1961 drive.

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