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Detroit — General Motors Co. President Dan Ammann, chairman of the United Way’s 2014-15 annual fundraising campaign, announced Tuesday the charity exceeded its goal of $42 million, raising $45.538 million.

The final figure represents a $5.5 million increase over last year’s total and is a sign of the increasing economic health of the Metro Detroit community, Ammann said.

Funds raised will be used for education, basic needs and financial stability.

“That’s going to go a huge way to helping United Way achieve its objective of making Detroit a top 10 place to live and work by 2030,” Ammann said. “As I’ve gone through this experience of chairing the campaign — seeing the work United Way does in the community, the call center, the high schools — it’s made a profound impact on me how important this work is.”

Ammann also announced he will chair the campaign for a second consecutive year to build on the momentum.

United Way has also secured agreements with executives from Ford Motor Co. and FCA US to succeed Ammann through the 2019-20 campaigns.

The General Motors Foundation previously donated $27.1 million to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to create a seven-school Network of Excellence.

Michael J. Brennan, president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, said United Way’s call center program 211 receives about 400,000 calls a year from Metro Detroiters who need assistance.

In 2014, 1.65 million meals were served at the Meet Up and Eat Up summer food sites, a 16 percent increase from the year before.

jchambers@detroitnews.com

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