12 Jul 2016 Pacesetter Campaign kicks off with 1950’s flair
With nearly 90 community members in attendance representing 13 businesses, The United Way of Huntington County kicked off its 2016 Pacesetter Campaign with a 1950s flare Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The event brought together businesses for a fun lunch of networking, sharing, and building on the excitement of United Way’s 60th anniversary campaign year.
Attendees were invited to enjoy 50s style music and memorabilia as they entered and made their way through the line, which included Root Beer floats courtesy of Huntington Sheet Metal. The floats added a local flare with Antiqology Root Beer being served.
The 2016 Honorary Chairs welcomed the guests with their grilling expertise, and Honorary Chair Nicole Johnson performed a United Way version of “Happy Days” with her backup singers rounding out the performance.
Donor Development Coordinator Joy Koch challenged the 13 businesses as a collective whole to a 6% increase in participation and/or giving in honor of the 60th anniversary. “The Pacesetter Campaign is a jumpstart to our annual United Way campaign. The Kick-off event and the Pacesetter Campaigns build energy and excitement around the Huntington community,” Koch said. “The Pacesetters help ‘set the pace’ for the full campaign and build awareness of the county-wide outreach. We appreciate the efforts of the Pacesetters to run early and get us off to a great start this year as we celebrate 60 years!”
President & CEO Adam Drummond closed the event with upcoming events including the focus on health and wellness during the month of August. The month kicks off with 2014 Chairman Pete “Puttin’ Pete” Schownir tackles a new round of Pete’s Tour ‘Fore’ United Way Monday August, 8, 2016. Community members can join in a “Cycle the City” by riding a 6 to 60-mile bicycle ride throughout our community with 2008 Chair and Mayor of Huntington Brooks Fetters. Finally, the United Way’s 9th annual Sprint Tri, in partnership with Parkview YMCA and Parkview Huntington Hospital, will be held on Saturday, August 20th. All events are on the United Way of Huntington County’s website at www.huntingtonunitedway.org
Those interested in following the events of United Way of Huntington County’s 60th year can stay updated by checking out the United Way web site at www.huntingtonunitedway.org or by liking the organization’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unitedwayhc.
Our 2016 Pacesetters:
|· Andrews Elementary School
· Bippus State Bank
· First Federal Savings Bank
· Flint Springs Elementary School
· Huntington North High School
· Huntington Sheet Metal
· Johnson Junction
|· Lincoln Elementary School
· Miami Tool & Die
· Northwest Elementary School
· Otis R. Bowen Center
· Our Sunday Visitor
· Teachers Credit Union