Xcel presents big check to United Way

(WEAU) - Xcel Energy presented a big check to the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley Wednesday.

Xcel current and retired employees donated more than $77,000, and after combining it with employee and corporate gifts, as well as fundraising events, it totaled over $176,600.

Executive Director of the United Way in the Greater Chippewa Valley Jan Porath says the money will be put to good use here in Western Wisconsin. "The dollars raised stay in our local community and they really work with different non-profit agencies to advance the common good, focusing on the areas of education, financial stability and health and making that long lasting change our community is seeking," Porath said.

She says they held the presentation at the Boys and Girls Club because they are one of the 42 organizations that receive help from the local United Way.