Chevron employees present United Way chairman Joe Gallagher with a check for $40,000 to kick-off the 2007 Campaign.
In the footsteps of the record breaking 2006 Kenai Peninsula United Way Campaign that raised over $800,000 under the chairmanship of Sue Carter, Joe Gallagher 2007 campaign chair, announced last week that this year’s goal will be $700,000, “That’s a huge amount of money, but by no means is it insurmountable and we are fully confident that we will reach our goal,” Gallagher told the Dispatch. Gallagher seems content to let Sue Carter’s record stand at least for another year but added, “Sue’s such a dear friend that I just can’t think about exceeding her record, she did a great job and I fully intend on following in her footsteps and will work to raise as much money as possible, but our goal of $700,000 is a lot of money and we’ll be happy to reach it,” said Gallagher.
Accompanied by United Way executive director Tina Marie Herford, Gallagher made the first presentation of the campaign to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce last week which got off to a great start when Lynn Mettille, Chevron time administrator, presented the campaign with a check for $40,000, “Community matters to us at Chevron and we are pleased to present the 2007 Kenai Peninsula United Way Campaign with this check for $40,000 to help kick off this year’s effort,” said Mettille. In accepting the big check Herford commented, “United Way is community driven and once people know that every dollar we raise goes right back to services here in the community and improving our quality of life they get excited about giving. They can look around everyday and you can see the results of the programs and services that are supported by their contributions first hand.”
As Gallagher addressed the Chamber he took a brief walk down memory lane recounting personal experiences in his family’s life here on the Peninsula that related directly to one United Way agency after another, “And yet there are 26 Peninsula based non-profit member agencies that provide direct services to individuals requiring specialized assistance on the Kenai Peninsula. That’s why we’ve selected for our theme this year ‘Community Matters.’ Kenai Peninsula United Way is focused on promoting positive programs that benefit all of us on the Peninsula. It’s what matters!” said Gallagher.
Herford then explained that, “Your dollars go where they are needed most. Each year after the campaign, United Way agencies make presentations about their program before a group of local volunteers who decide where the money should go. This community based allocation process is your guarantee that your dollars go where they are needed most.” Additionally United Way contributions may be designated directly for member agencies.
Kenai Peninsula United Way volunteers will soon be making presentations to local businesses, organizations, and community members. “Please take a moment to listen to the information they will provide and consider making an investment in your community, and then encourage your friends and neighbors and co-workers to do the same,” concluded Gallagher. For more information on the 2007 United Way campaign or to see a local documentary on United Way services contact Tina Marie Herford at 283-9500, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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