April 15th is not only the deadline for filing IRS returns, but it's also the final day of the United Way 2001 campaign.
Last week executive director Eve Gebhardt and 2001 Campaign chairman Bruce Posse were all smiles as Peak Oilfield Service Co. President Mike O'Connor presented them with a check in the amount of $225,589, the largest local United Way contribution in Peak's history.
"It was a very pleasant surprise, our employees really came to the table this year and gave generously, and Mike O'Connor our president matched 75 cents on the dollar as a Peak company contribution and it all added up really well this year," said Posse.
"We try every year to get to more and more of our employees. Years ago we had 30% then it grew to 50% then 60% and Marion McNeil has really made it her goal in life to get to 100% of our employees, and as you do that the percentage of givers goes up and once you've given once and seen that your money is being spent in your own community, people increase their giving and want to give more. For us it's a way of letting people know that we are here for the long haul," explained O'Connor at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.
According to Eve Gebhardt the United Way campaign goal this year was the most ambitious ever at $650,000, "When we looked at the events of September 11th, and how the ramifications might trickle down to our own community, we strived to get the message out that our local needs hadn't gone away. Even though our 2001 campaign wraps up April 15th, we'll already start gearing up April 16th for our 2002 drive," said Gebhardt who wouldn't disclose if they would meet the 650K goal this year but added, "Let's just say that our campaign is very healthy, I was astounded by the local community giving in our campaign last year when we were over $100,000 plus over our goal, but it's not just the big contributions that make it happen, every dollar counts toward our goal."
Donations may be made right up until the April 15th deadline by contacting the United Way at 283-9500.
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