LAWTON, Okla._The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma is hoping to raise more than $1.69 million during its annual pacesetters "Be the One" campaign.
The agency kicked off the fundraiser with a luncheon Friday afternoon in Lawton. As is tradition, they're hoping to raise money for 19 local charities. Campaign chair Carlos Irizarry says the United Way looks to offer a hand up, not a hand out to those who are struggling.
"They have situations where they're really in dire straits, mean while they're working, so it's one of those types of situations of being able to get out of poverty," said Irizarry.