GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) It might sound like an astronomical number, but officials with United Way of Mesa County say it's not so out of this world.
Supporters of the non-profit gathered at Allen Unique Autos for the annual community campaign kick-off event.
Science fiction is the theme for this year's fundraising efforts.
While it might seem scary to think about the work ahead, some giving corporations have already helped take a big bite out of the total figure.
"We raised 450,133 dollars which is a great start of our campaign goal of 1.1 million," said Jerome Gonzales campaign co-chair.
Officials say fewer corporations participated as Pacesetters this year, so raising 41% of the United Way's 1.1 million dollar goal, is a good start.
All of the funds stay local, helping families in our community.