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United Way Turns Sixty

United Way is celebrating a birthday this fall – 60 years of local, volunteer led efforts which have raised significant resources and significantly changed many community conditions for the better.  The United Way theme this year is “60 Years And Growing.”

As United Way prepares to kick off this celebratory year, the Campaign Cabinet is already hard at work planning for the 2012 Annual Fund Drive. The Campaign Cabinet, a key group of volunteers that provide leadership and direction to the annual campaign, has set a lofty goal of $1,060,000. Mary Ann Unger, recently retired Vice Principal of Port Angeles High School, is our 2012 Campaign Chair. “I hope that our very giving community members will join me in supporting a ‘super’ successful fund drive this year.  When our community works together we are so much more powerful than our efforts alone.  And when we combine our charitable giving through United Way, we can make a huge difference in strengthening our communities.” 

The Port Angeles Business campaigns will be led by Buck Gieseke of Integrity One Home Mortgage, Inc.  Julie Sell is chairing the Olympic Medical Center campaign. Patty Rosand and Iva Burks will lead the Clallam County employee effort. Brown Maloney will chair the Olympic Club leadership giving portion of the campaign. Nina Pitts from Peninsula College is coordinating the Washington State Combined Fund drive.

For smaller communities, Pat Soderlind will champion the Forks campaign, Dave Bingham will lead the Joyce campaign and Patricia Hutson will guide the Clallam Bay/Sekiu project.

Norm Schaaf of Merrill & Ring will chair the Corporate Gifts Committee, and the annual Day of Caring event, to be held this year on Saturday September 8, is being led by Patrick Downie. 

New United Way staffer T. Scott Brandon, Resource Development Manager, will help all the volunteers to be successful in these efforts.

For information about this year’s campaign, or if to get involved, contact Jody Moss or Scott Brandon at 360-457-3011.