The United Way invited its 10 pacesetter companies to a picnic lunch where each revealed how much money it has raised.
Organizers said the carnival scene was sure to raise the spirits of donors at the annual kick-off event.
Campaign chair Brad Greathouse said the tally stands just shy of $400,000.
"We're actually at 380,640 for the campaign this year, so we're off to a good start. Our pacesetter organization generally raise about 35-40 percent of the general campaign money, which we're trying to reach a target of 1,525,000 for this year's campaign," Greathouse said.
Last year the United Way raised more than $1.5 million.