Baltimore Combined Drive Closes with $3,507,000; Exceeds Last Year’s

An estimated increase of $260,000, bringing Baltimore’s final campaign total to $3,507,000, was projected by Irving Blum, general chairman, at the closing report luncheon of the 1966 Combined Campaign of the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund, held yesterday at the Emerson Hotel.

The estimate was based on the figure of $3,220,000 reported at the meeting, plus the potential value of nearly $250,000 worth of cards still outstanding. “Our figures to date have shown a steady 9 percent increase this year, and on such a basis this estimate is a conservative one.” Mr. Blum said. “I am not ruling out the possibility of bettering this figure, and reaching a total increase of $300,000.” In 1965, the campaign recorded a total of $3,247,000.

According to Robert I. Hiller, executive director, a total increase of $430,000 had been raised in the Baltimore drive during Mr. Blum’s two-year tenure as campaign chairman. “Irving Blum’s leadership has brought us substantially forward in revitalizing and upgrading Baltimore’s position as a leader among the nation’s Jewish communities,” he said.

Mr. Blum pointed out in his report that the Women’s Division had accounted for $390,000 of the pledges received to date, for an increase of $29,000 over last year. He reported that a substantial number of new gifts had been received, in response to a special effort to enlarge the campaign’s base of support in the community. Mr. Blum announced that the final period of the campaign through June 10 would be an intensive telephone solicitation of all unworked cards.

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