Press Release: United Way Announces Campaign Results at Annual Meeting

Wells Fargo employee earns Get Connected Volunteer of the Year Award

SPRINGFIELD – United Way of Central Illinois announced the results of its 2014 campaign before a record-breaking crowd of four hundred at the organization’s 93nd Annual Meeting. This year’s campaign raised $2,682,000, an increase of $102,000, or 4%, over last year’s final campaign results. The increase marks the first time in three years that the annual campaign has increased.

“Our main goal was to ‘reverse the trend’”, said Dale Becker, the 2014 campaign co-chair. The entire Becker Family served as honorary chairs of the 2014 United Way Campaign:

  • Dale & Cathy Becker – Kerber, Eck & Braeckel
  • Emily Becker – Sangamo Club
  • Christine Becker – M.J. Kellner
  • Sam & Sara (Becker) Sevener – Both educators at Washington Middle School

“The Becker family challenged United Way staff, volunteers and advocates to stepup our game,” said John Kelker, president of United Way. “Today’s record attendance and positive announcement demonstrates that great things happen when we live united.”

The increase in this year’s campaign total was driven by an increased giving at 98 local organizations including Levi, Ray and Shoup, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield Clinic and Springfield Public Schools. Springfield Public Schools earned the 2015 United Way Champions award following a $35,256 increase in the district’s campaign.

Funds raised during the campaign consist of designated donations (to any 501(c)(3) organization) and gifts to United Way’s Community Fund. United Way’s Community Fund supports organizations focused on Basic Needs, Education, Financial Stability and Health.

The 2014 Campaign Co-Chair, Emily Becker, announced that Pat and Sara Phalen will lead the 2015 annual campaign. Sarah Phalen is the President and Chief Executive Office of Illinois National Bank. Pat Phalen is the Executive Vice President of Illinois National Bank.

In addition to the campaign announcement, United Way celebrated the growing awareness of programs such as 2-1-1, FamilyWize Free Prescription Drug Card, and United Way’s volunteer website, Get Connected.

As part of the program, United Way and U.S. Bank presented the inaugural Get Connected Volunteer of the Year award to Andrea Fuchs, an employee of Well Fargo. Fuchs earned the distinction for her personal volunteering and her efforts to engage, support and coordinate all Wells Fargo volunteer efforts. Fuchs coordinated more than 3,600 hours of volunteer time in 2014. In addition, Fuchs serves as the chair for Wells Fargo’s Community Support Campaign, coordinates their annual charitable golf outing and organizes company-wide fundraisers to support local organizations.

“Andrea has quietly served our community, not for attention, but for the satisfaction of making a difference”, said Mike Johnson, regional president at U.S. Bank. U.S. Bank sponsors United Way’s Get Connected website and volunteer award.

United Way Board Member, Roger Austin, delivered a presentation on the strategic planning process underway at the organization. During the presentation, Austin introduced the organization’s new vision:

Building Sangamon and Menard Counties into a vibrant region where individuals and families thrive, where people work together together to protect its most vulnerable citizens, ensure a safe and healthy community, address its most challenging issues and enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

At the breakfast, United Way donors elected three individuals to its Board of Directors.

  • Chad Lucas (elected to 2nd term)– Partner at Sikich, LLP
  • Chris Hembrough – President & CEO at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Jason Mack – Store Leader at Scheels

The organization also announced Robin Loftus, Chief Operating Officer at Heartland Credit Union, as its incoming board chair. Ms. Loftus and the new members will start their terms effective July 1.

For more information on United Way, please contact Jarid Brown, Director of Communications at 217- 726-7000 or by email at