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United Fund goal: $150,000
Annual campaign launched, 23 agencies to be beneficiaries
As the photo shows, there are many Jackson Countians involved in helping to organize and conduct the annual fund drive of the United Fund of Jackson County. These United Fund Board members and representatives of the recipient agencies gathered for a Kickoff Breakfast last Thursday morning, Sept. 27 at the Jackson Area YMCA to help launch the new fundraising campaign, which began in September and will continue through December. (Telegram Photos By Pete Wilson)
United Fund of Jackson County President Sandy Borden (pictured) emceed the Kickoff Breakfast event last Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Jackson Area YMCA, which officially launched the new annual fundraising campaign. The fundraising goal is $150,000.
The Jackson County United Fund officially has kicked off a new fundraising campaign aimed at providing a financial boost to 23 different organizations which support Jackson County residents.
Jackson United Fund Board President Sandy Borden presided over the organization's annual Kickoff Breakfast, which was held Thursday morning, Sept. 27, at the Jackson Area YMCA. Other United Fund Board members were present as were representatives of most of the organizations currently receiving United Fund allocations who all explained how United Fund supports their respective objectives and missions.
Borden announced that the fundraising goal for the new campaign would be $150,000 -- the same as last year when the campaign was able to exceed the goal. Borden gave special thanks to General Mills and Bellisio Foods, the county's two largest employers, who both conducted organized employee collection drives. Both Nick Erwin of Bellisio Foods and Bill LeFever of General Mills spoke about the successful fund drives at their respective companies and their respect for United Fund and its mission.
Erwin indicated that employees are willing to support the United Fund when they "see how many lives are touched" by what the recipient organizations do all year round.
Borden noted that a number of years ago, the local organization broke away from the national United Way organization in order to keep all the donation money in Jackson County. The all-volunteer board is composed of 15 members who evenly represent the Jackson, Wellston and Oak Hill sections of the county.
"All the money raised in Jackson County stays in Jackson County," Borden declared, adding that the new campaign will run September through December.
Agencies which currently receive funding support from the Jackson County United Fund are as follows: Jackson County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Community Assault Prevention Services (CAPS), Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Food Pantry/Clothesline, Jackson County Board on Aging, Inc., Jackson Area YMCA, COAD/RSVP of the Ohio Valley, Recreation Commission of the Oak Hill Booster Club, Warriors 4 Christ, Jackson City Recreation Department, Southern Hills Arts Council, Jackson Area Festivals and Events (JAFE), Habitat For Humanity, J-VAC Industries, J-VAC of Jackson County, Lillian Jones Museum, Jackson County 4-H Program/Advisory Council, Humane Society of Jackson County, Oaks United, Inc., Make Wellston Beautiful, Health Recovery Services, My Brother's Place, and Jesus in the Hills.
Representatives of recipient organizations present for the Kickoff Breakfast were: Lissa Warrens of the Jackson County Board on Aging, Inc., Marsha McCorkle of Oaks United, Inc., Tami Phillips of Make Wellston Beautiful, Jeremy Hollingshead of Habitat For Humanity, Jackson Mayor Randy Heath for the Jackson City Recreation Department, Betsy Gee of Health Recovery Services, Joe Wyant of JAFE, Debbie Smith of the American Red Cross, Steve Matthews of My Brother's Place, Cora Willett of the Southern Hills Arts Council, Justin Oyer of Warriors 4 Christ, Melissa Kimmel of COAD/RSVP of the Ohio Valley, Megan Malone of the Lillian Jones Museum, Rick Billman of the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Ann Keating of J-VAC of Jackson County, Joyce Perkins of Jesus in the Hills, Monica Dodrill of CAPS, Nancy Baisden of the Food Pantry/Clothesline, Erin Dailey of the Jackson County 4-H Program, and Shadra Jenkins of the Jackson Area YMCA.
United Fund Board members present for the Kickoff Breakfast were: President Sandy Borden, Vice President Dean Clark, Secretary Becky Hughes, Treasurer Terri Turner, Clayton Jones, Patrick Ball, Betsy Fain, Bob Teichman, Joe Wyant, Barbara Summers, and Bill LeFever. Board members unable to attend were Brian Moore, John Pelletier, and Tim Jones.
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