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United Way of Douglas County kicks off campaign with $1.72 million goal

The United Way of Douglas County held a campaign kickoff breakfast Wednesday in the Naismith Room at Allen Fieldhouse. Phyllis Hunter, from left, and Misty Schmidt of Harris Construction Co. Inc. were give the Pacesetter trophy by KU Athletic Director and kickoff co-chairman Lew Perkins, as kickoff co-chairwoman Gwen Perkins read the names of other Pacesetters.

The United Way of Douglas County held a campaign kickoff breakfast Wednesday in the Naismith Room at Allen Fieldhouse. Phyllis Hunter, from left, and Misty Schmidt of Harris Construction Co. Inc. were give the Pacesetter trophy by KU Athletic Director and kickoff co-chairman Lew Perkins, as kickoff co-chairwoman Gwen Perkins read the names of other Pacesetters.

September 17, 2008

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The United Way of Douglas County had its campaign kickoff breakfast Wednesday in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse. Before the breakfast, Pacesetters were treated to a video on how the Douglas County United Way works in the community.

The United Way of Douglas County had its campaign kickoff breakfast Wednesday in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse. Before the breakfast, Pacesetters were treated to a video on how the Douglas County United Way works in the community.

United Way of Douglas County kicks off campaign with $1.72 million goal

Representatives from more than a dozen businesses and organizations got together this morning to celebrate the beginning of this year's United Way campaign. Enlarge video

Judy Wright talks about the United Way campaign

Judy Wright, campaign chairwoman, describes how the struggling economy is helping convince people to donate to the United Way. Enlarge video

Leaders involved in this year's United Way fundraising campaign watched their game film on the Allen Fieldhouse scoreboard, ate their team meal in the fieldhouse's exclusive Naismith Room and accepted congratulations and encouragement from Lew Perkins, athletics director at Kansas University.

No wonder campaign officials were motivated Wednesday to press on with the task at hand: raising $1.72 million for the United Way of Douglas County and the 25 agencies it supports.

"This has been a championship year for KU in all ways and kinds and forms," campaign chairwoman Judy Wright said of KU's NCAA basketball title, Orange Bowl championship and academic achievements. "I see us just carrying on with that same thing.

"We're going to be winners here. We're going to make this work for Douglas County, and it's going to be meaningful for all the public in our community."

Wright, an assistant vice president for the KU Endowment Association, welcomed plenty of campaign help Wednesday, during the official kickoff breakfast at Allen Fieldhouse.

More than 130 people attended the event, which served two purposes:

¢ Launching the overall campaign, during which others throughout Douglas County will be asked to donate money to help fund the health and human services agencies supported by United Way. The campaign runs through Nov. 14.

¢ Wrapping up the Pacesetter portion of the campaign, during which 24 participating employers spent the previous four weeks generating pledges and donations. They recorded a total of $471,112, up nearly 3 percent from the $458,284 announced at this time a year ago.

Susan Henderson and Cindy Self, co-chairs for the Pacesetter campaign, smiled as they gathered with others in the fieldhouse stands - all in chair-back seats, at midcourt - to watch the campaign video on the scoreboard.

Self enjoyed the view, which differs from the one she gets while watching the Jayhawks that are coached by her husband, Bill.

"Basketball is fun," she said, "but this is way more important."

Nikki King wasn't about to disagree, although she found herself a bit giddy with the fieldhouse treatment. The executive director of Health Care Access, a United Way agency that provides medical care for uninsured patients, hasn't ever sat in such seats, nor dined in the Naismith Room.

King, too, is hopeful that KU's athletic success will rub off on the United Way and its potential donors.

"It's serendipitous," said King, who admitted feeling like "royalty" during the morning events. "It's great. This is bringing some added attention to the campaign this year."

Of the 24 Pacesetter organizations, 14 recorded increases in donations and pledges compared with a year ago.

Among them: Harris Construction Co. Inc., which won the Pacesetter Superstar award by recording the largest percentage increase - up 380 percent from a year ago.

The performance meant Harris employees Misty Schmidt and Phyllis Hunter received a trophy, presented by none other than Perkins himself.

"It's been a pretty awesome year," Schmidt said, of both KU athletics and the United Way campaign.

Standing beside her, Hunter couldn't suppress a smile - one produced by winning the award, then brightened by being surrounded with crimson and blue.

"Our husbands will be so jealous," she said, laughing.

Comments

Potawatomi 6 years, 3 months ago

Hey madmike - Can't believe your bible beating crooked cop self hasn't been banned yet? I saw you got arrested for beating your woman again. Nice lookin'. I guess cops can get away with anything as long as they vote republican.

forgetful 6 years, 3 months ago

"The best thing about forgetting or altzeimer's is at least you get to meet new people every day. this is a joke no comment needed"And I can hide my own Easter eggs...

Potawatomi 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe madmike isn't such a bad guy after all. Sorry madmike. I was just trying to stir things up a little. That's just the way I roll.

TheOriginalCA 6 years, 3 months ago

Sweet Lou has a very sincere wrinkled expression

jafo 6 years, 3 months ago

ExxonMcCain - is that you Bill? just curious...

forgetful 6 years, 3 months ago

I would encourage everyone to give through the United Way. The (volunteer) Allocations committee examines each agency very carefully, especially how the money is used and will be budgeted, and the agencies are grilled extensively. The United Way requires each member agency to adhere to strict financial oversight requirements, and does so on behalf of the community. If you have personal financial knowledge of how your favorite charity is operated and uses the donated money, and you are satisfied with the results, by all means give to that charity. But if, like most people, you don't have the time or knowledge to see that the money you give is handled properly, I would encourage you to give through the United Way.These agencies help shape our community, provide a lifeline for those less fortunate and help for those who need it most.And you can always designate agencies to get more or less of your donation.### end of sermon ;-)

Chris Ogle 6 years, 3 months ago

I used to donate yearly to United Way.... Then I learned how much of my hard earned money went to "overhead".NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I wonder if Bo is ever going to pay his Real Estate Taxes? Or maybe he expects us to donate to the cause.

Tammy Copp-Barta 6 years, 3 months ago

Question ... as I'm sure someone out there will know or have a link ..How much of the money donated to the United Way goes to overhead .. including the groups they disburse the money to?Thanks!

quailrun 6 years, 3 months ago

dear, forgetful (anonymous) The best thing about forgetting or altzeimer's is at least you get to meet new people every day. this is a joke no comment needed.

quailrun 6 years, 3 months ago

unfortunately, most charity's are created by an individual or many individual's that want a quick dollar, if u want to give, DO IT DIRECTLY. You should not need a president, vice president, secretary, chairman, and the list goes on, probably 10-50 people involved. before your 10 or 20 dollars gets used. In this case help a neighbor that might need help, after all they are the ones watching your house when your not at home.

KU_Dude 6 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if Lew Perkin$ charged the United Way for the use of Allen Fieldhouse for this campaign kickoff breakfast? ...just sayin'

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