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Archive for Thursday, February 7, 1991

UNITED WAY DRIVE GETS NEW LEADER

February 7, 1991

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A Lawrence real estate agent was to be named as the 1991-92 United Way fund drive chairwoman at the organization's annual meeting today.

Marilyn Bittenbender, an agent with Stephens Real Estate, will fill the post being vacated by Al Hack Jr., 1990-91 fund drive chairman.

"I felt really honored to be asked to serve as drive chair," Bittenbender said today.

"The United Way provides a variety of services, and almost everyone in the community uses those services at some point," she said.

Bittenbender was to be announced as the new fund drive chairwoman by Shirley Martin-Smith, president of the United Way and Lawrence mayor, during the annual meeting of the United Way this afternoon.

Bittenbender is a member of the United Way board of directors. She served as chair of the professional division of the fund drive last year, and has served as drive captain in the business and industry division of previous United Way campaigns.

SHE SAID she would begin organizing her campaign team for the fund drive.

"I want to make this year's drive special because it is our 50th anniversary," she said.

The United Way of Douglas County was founded in 1941.

"There are a lot of similarities with our first fund drive as with this year we are at war . . . and there is a need for services," she said.

Bittenbender graduated from Lawrence High School in 1966, recieved a bachelor's degree in education from Kansas University in 1970, and attended graduate school at the University of Iowa.

She earned her Kansas real estate license in 1988, when she began her current career as a sales associate with Stephens Real Estate.

Bittenbender serves on the board of the Lawrence Schools Endowment Assn. and the city's Historic Resources Commission. She chaired Art in the Park for two years and served on the Downtown Improvement Committee.

She also was involved in Schwegler Elementary School activities and programs.

BITTENBENDER'S other community involvement includes three years on the boards of KU's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art and the Lawrence Arts Center.

Bittenbender and her husband, Lee, have two daughters, Laura, 15, and Kyra, 12, who attend South Junior High School. Her husband is a local dermatologist.

The United Way of Douglas County raised more than $886,000 in the 1990-91 campaign, exceeding by more than 4.6 percent the $845,000 goal. Funds from the annual drive provide annual services for 26 United Way agencies.

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