Members of the United Way of the Wabash Valley listen to Jenny Peters present the opening of the 2005 Pilot Campaign Kick-Off. Seated left to right are Linda Bonar, Wabash Valley Family Sports Center senior director and office manager; Marla DeHart, executive director for the Clabber Girl corporation and Pilot co-chair for United Way; David Doerr, United Way board president; and J. Bart Colwell, Campaign Chair for the United Way.
The United Way of the Wabash Valley held its 2005 Pilot Campaign Kick-Off on Wednesday at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
The United Way held the kick-off conference to introduce the 2005 Pilot Campaign Companies and to announce the 2005 fundraising campaign goal. The slogan for the year was also announced, "Open a window of opportunity... Please give today."
Pilot companies should act as a guide; serve as a model for others to follow; and be a leader. According to a press release, the pilot companies face the duties of setting the pace of the fall campaign and holding a variety of community activities to spread awareness and raise money for the United Way.
The 25 Pilot Campaign Companies for the 2005 year are: Cinergy, City of Terre Haute, Clabber Girl, Columbian Home Products, DADC, Eli Lilly, Family Service Association, Fifth Third Bank, 4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care, Gibault, Hamilton Center, Ikon Office Solutions, Lifeline, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Marshall Health Association, ONB Insurance Group, Smiths Aerospace, Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Terre Haute Savings Bank, TRW, Union Hospital, United Way of Wabash Valley, Wabash Valley Family Sports Center and West Vigo Community Center.
Jenny Peters, campaign director of the United Way of Wabash Valley, opened the conference and led the way for the United Way Campaign Chair J. Brat Colwell to proceed with the fundraising goal for the 2005 year.
According to Colwell, $2.2 million was raised in the Wabash Valley in 2004. This money along with the United Way helped to serve 262,162 people in the Wabash Valley. "There is no other efficient way to use donor dollars. Money raised in the Wabash Valley, stays in the Wabash Valley," Colwell said. The fundraising goal for the 2005 year is $2.3 million. Colwell closed by saying that, "Your support makes the Wabash Valley a great place to live."