2017 United Way Campaign Kicks Off

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Sept. 11, 2017--At the United Way Campaign Kickoff last Thurs., Sept. 7, United Way of Greater St. Joseph announced its goal to raise $3,031,000 for the good of people throughout Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas.

The 2017 United Way Campaign officially began with the Kickoff event and runs through Nov. 2.

Several local companies have already completed workplace campaigns in advance of the official Campaign Kickoff to help the United Way Campaign begin with a strong start toward the goal. To date, those Pacesetter companies have pledged $919,594.15 which is 30 percent toward this year’s campaign goal.

This year’s 16 Pacesetter companies are listed below: Ag Processing, Inc.; Altec Industries, Inc.; American Family Mutual Insurance Company; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Stein & Summers Real Estate; CliftonLarsonAllen; Commerce Bank; Dillon Company; Nestle Purina PetCare; O’Malley Beverage; Polsinelli PC; Purina Animal Nutrition; ReeceNichols Ide Capital Realty, LLC; River Bluff Architects; Target; UPS; and Vektek.

In addition, United Way and United Way Partner Agencies have completed their workplace campaigns.

The United Way Campaign is possible thanks to many hardworking volunteers. Ron Auxier, a Principal Architect at Ellison-Auxier Architects, is the 2017 volunteer Campaign Chair. Volunteer Campaign Cabinet Members are listed here with the United Way Campaign Divisions they are leading: Penny Adams-Civic (Labor); Elaine Coder-Patee; Dan and Barb Connor-Leadership Giving; Dlo Duvall-Elementary and Secondary Education; Barb Harris-Higher Education; Ron Hook-Civic (County); Darrick Inscho-Civic (Labor); Steve Johnston-Marketing/Communications; Mike Justin-Pony Express; Melissa Koch-Lewis and Clark; Justin McCarthy-Elementary and Secondary Education; Bill McMurray-Eugene Field; Alicia Nolan-Civic (City); Dennis Rosonke-Loaned Executive Recruitment and Major Employers; Brandt Shields-Higher Education; Tara Stoll-Higher Education; Amy Ryan-Metro/Business; and Amy Spaeth-Robidoux.

Assisting Campaign Cabinet members this year are nine Loaned Executives supported by local employers:    Karen Bartlett, Altec Industries, Inc.; George Clinton, Johnson Controls; Pat Dillon, Mosaic Life Care; Tim Hannah, St. Joseph Mustangs; Brett King, InterServ; Phil Martinez, KCP&L; Stacey Reinert, American Family Mutual Insurance Company; Ky Turner, St. Joseph Mustangs; and Cynde Veale, Boehringer Ingelheim.

While today’s event celebrated workplace campaigns, individuals outside the workplace also make up a large component of giving. Click here to see how to give.

United Way is a non-profit agency that aims to improve lives through the caring power of community by focusing on education, health, and financial stability. United Way invites the community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating, and volunteering. United Way of Greater St. Joseph operates seven Initiatives/Programs, supports 17 local Partner Agencies, and is stepping into a second century of caring here. To learn more, follow the agency on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.