John Santiago & Chris Myers of Chevron present United Way Campaign Chair Sue Carter and executive director Tina Marie Herford with a check for more than 11% of their 2006 campaign goal.
The 2006 United Way campaign got off to an accelerated start last week when Chris Myers and John Santiago of Chevron USA presented Campaign Chair Sue Carter and executive director Tina Marie Herford with a really big check for $65,000. “Chevron and their employees have been good members of our community for years and years and their generous contribution to get us started is just another way they give back to our community and underscores why it’s so great to live on the Kenai Peninsula,” said Carter.
Sue Carter has been involved with the United Way since its inception in 1985. That first year the campaign set a goal to raise $50,000 to benefit community agencies, “I was the one who predicted that we would never meet the $50,000 goal our first year, and I was so wrong, amazed and excited when we actually doubled our goal and raised over $100,000. The enthusiasm and outpouring of the community and the support from everyone all over the Peninsula was overwhelming and a great way to get United Way of and running in our community. This year we are serving 26 member agencies and have set our goal at $600,000, and to already be over 10% of the way their thanks to Chevron USA, has gotten us fired up and ready to go,” Carter told reporters.
In their campaign kick-off presentation last week at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon, Herford said the purpose of Kenai Peninsula United Way is to plan and conduct fundraising activity through this annual giving campaign. The funds generated are then allocated to 26 peninsula based non-profit member agencies that provide direct services to seniors, resources for families, emergency food or shelter, crisis intervention, rehabilitative options or programs for youth in our community. Both Herford and Carter emphasized that monies raised on the peninsula are spent on the peninsula and that donations may be earmarked specific member agencies. “Your donation is vital to our neighbors in need. Whatever your capacity to give, large or small is valuable and needed and will help the United Way Campaign invest in our community,” said Carter. For more information or to arrange for volunteers to visit your business contact Tina Marie Herford at 283-9500.
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