The Ridgway Area United Community Fund has kicked off its campaign for the 2011-2012 year.
This year's goal is again $25,000 and all of the funding will go directly back to the community.
This year's benefactors are: Ridgway YMCA, Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA], Ridgway Elk County Historical Society, Ridgway Public Library, Ridgway Girl Scouts, Ridgway Boy Scouts, Ridgway Baseball Association and Little League and Salvation Army.
According to Community Fund campaign chairperson Michelle Bogacki, the Community Fund has almost reached 50 percent of its goal.
Shirley Mae Bush, 84, previously of Ridgway and Sun City, Ariz., died Nov. 19, 2011, in Conneautville, Pa.
She was born April 28, 1927 in Kane, a daughter of the late George R. Anderson and Carrie Hathaway Anderson. She married William A. Bush, who preceded her in death.