2012 Press Release: United Way “Kicks Off” Annual Effort for Health & Human Services

SPRINGFIELD – United Way of Central Illinois announced its 2012 campaign goal during their
Campaign Kickoff Luncheon. The campaign leadership set the fundraising target at $3 million.
This aggressive yet attainable goal was set in response to growing needs in our community.

The Kickoff Luncheon marks the start of United Way’s annual fundraising effort and gives the
organization an opportunity to thank the donors and volunteers for their generosity and commitment. It was held at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. United Way’s Board of Directors were joined by Mayor Mike Houston, donors, business and community leaders, volunteers, and ABC Newschannel 20 Anchor, Marianne Manko. She served as the Master of Ceremonies.

“Members of our community understand we have a collective responsibility to help those most in need. We believe, by setting the goal of $3 million, we can come closer to addressing the increased need for social service programs in Sangamon County,” said John P. Kelker, United Way’s President.

United Way’s annual campaign is a vital part of the organization’s work because 100% of every
dollar given to United Way goes to support local programs providing food, shelter, healthcare, victim services, and educational initiatives. At present, United Way supports 38 programs with $1.7 million
in funding. This funding is in addition to donor gifts designated for specific agencies. “Thousands of
our neighbors, friends, and family depend on health and human service programs to maintain a reasonable quality of life. So, the impact every United Way gift makes can not be underestimated,”
said Kelker.

This year’s campaign received a boost from United Way’s Pacesetter companies. These 12 businesses together with United Way leadership and member agencies set the pace by running early and aggressive workplace campaigns. Their enthusiasm and generosity resulted in a Pacesetter campaign total of $758,000, bringing United Way 25% of the way towards their goal.

This year’s Pacesetter companies are:

Bank of Springfield Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP
Bunn-O-Matic Corporation Memorial Medical Center
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Scheels
Hanson Professional Services Sikich LLP
Illini Bank Springfield Electric Supply Company
Illinois National Bank Town and Country Bank