Community gathers and gives United Way 2006 a standing ovation for smashing past their Campaign goal.
Once again the United Way Campaign for the Kenai Peninsula shattered its goal thermometer set at a hefty $600,000 for 2006 by Campaign Chair Sue Carter. “I was just looking for one dollar more than Tom Boedeker’s successful campaign last year and it was exciting to exceed that and come in with a total of over $820,000 raised from our community. It shows how much the people of the Peninsula really care about their neighbors, the giving of the entire Kenai Peninsula is truly amazing, we may be small in number, but we are huge through the heart,” Carter told the Dispatch. Carter also attributed the record breaking campaign to the successful work accomplished in the community by the United Way member agencies, “These dollars all stay and are utilized here on the Peninsula and are vital to the 26 locally based non-profit member agencies and the variety of services they provide year round.”
United Way executive director Tina Marie Herford and Campaign Chair Sue Carter present a plaque of appreciation to the Evy Gebhardt of the Peninsula Clarion for the Clarions United Way support.
At a celebration held recently at the Kenai Merit Inn several donors were especially recognized for their individual and corporate United Way contributions. Allan and Alfie Norville were welcomed to the Alexis De Tocqueville Society for their family contribution of $25,000, “A personal donation of that magnitude speaks to how deeply they feel about our community and what a great part they are of our community,” said Carter. Also receiving Patron awards were Chevron, Peninsula Clarion, Agrium, ConocoPhillips, Central Peninsula Hospital, South Peninsula Hospital, Udelhoven Oilfield Systems Services, First National Bank, BP, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., CIRI, Alaska State Employees, Peak Oilfield Service, Veco, Doyon Drilling, Wells Fargo, Schlumberger, and Tesoro Alaska. Carter and United Way executive director Tina Marie Herford also gave special thanks and recognition to the 2006 Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet, and Allocations Committee. “It’s truly a community team effort by those who live and invest in our community and it’s not just the large contributions that we look for, but it’s every dollar, five and ten dollars that together gets us to our goal,” added Herford.
United Way Campaign Chair Sue Carter presents Wells Fargo managers Kathy Gensel and Andrew Seagraves with an appreciation plaque for their support of the 2006 Campaign.
As one campaign ends the next begins and Sue Carter passed the gavel and the new goal challenge to Joe Gallagher of HEA who will take on the position of the 2007 United Way Campaign Chair, “We’re still contemplating the new goal, as we are still basking in the amazement of the job that Sue Carter and her team put forth during their phenomenal year which again points to the extreme generosity of the people of the Kenai Peninsula, but I’m really looking forward to a great year with Tina and her staff and everyone involved with the United Way,” said Gallagher.
CPH Officials receive appreciation plaque from United Way Campaign Chair Sue Carter for their tremendous 2006 Campaign effort.
As the new campaign prepares its team and goals, many are already looking forward to fall kick-off and the annual Day of Caring. Since 1995 the United Way Day of Caring has been a successful “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” effort in communities through out the Kenai Peninsula. During the week of September 5-9, over 100 area employees left their place of work to do a full or half day to paint facilities, build construction projects, clean flower beds, wax floors, shampoo carpets and many other needed community tasks.
Peter Micciche receives a plaque of appreciation on behalf of ConocoPhillips for their contribution to the '06 Campaign from United Way Chair Sue Carter.
To find out more about how to participate in the 2007 United Way Campaign or Day of Caring, contact Tina Marie Herford at 283-9500.
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