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Kenai neighbors help with $611,000 for United Way

Posted: Friday, June 09, 2006

The theme, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” was apparent in the recently ended Kenai Peninsula United Way campaign as evidenced by the amount of giving, according to the campaign chair.

“Our communities, our neighbors, we’re all in this together,” said campaign chair and Soldotna City Manager Tom Boedeker during a United Way awards luncheon in Kenai on Thursday.

The 2005 campaign, which ran from Sept. 1 through April 15, took in $611,000, surpassing its stated goal of $600,000.

“The response from everybody in the community was overwhelming,” Boedeker said.

At the luncheon, special recognition was given to ConocoPhillips and Agrium USA for “outstanding corporate gift and employee contributions.” The two firms and their employees each contributed more than $80,000, according to Tina Marie Herford, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula United Way.

Agrium was also cited for having the highest average employee gift, which was over $675 per employee.

United Way received $37,000 from the employees of Central Peninsula General Hospital, making it the top “employee giving campaign.”

Other organizations receiving plaques for outstanding corporate and employee combined contributions were Tesoro; BP; Unocal (now Chevron); Peak Oilfield Service Co.; ASRC Energy, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp.; Wells Fargo; and First National Bank Alaska.

Leading employee giving campaigns cited besides CPGH were VECO, Alaska Steel, Homer Electric Association, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Marathon Oil Co. and Udelhoven Oilfield System Services.

Sue Carter, a former Kenai Chamber of Commerce interim director and director of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau, was named chair of the 2006 United Way campaign.

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