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United Way of Adams County Campaign Chairman Jerry Jackson, President/CEO of Blessing Physician Service announced Thursday evening that the projected total raised during the 2013 campaign is $1,210,627.

This represents the largest United Way of Adams County campaign in its 76 year history. The previous record was set in 2008 with a total of $1,203,714 raised. Jackson says tonight’s announcement is an update to the community on where the campaign stands, not a final total raised.  Estimates for accounts yet to report are included.

 “This campaign year saw a unique set of challenges,” Jackson said. “But our volunteers did an incredible job connecting with new community partners and maintaining strong relationships with some of our most loyal donors.”

Jackson, along with Campaign Vice Chairman Chris Niemann, EVP/CFO of Niemann Foods, Inc., attributes much of the campaign’s success to the volunteers’ ability to connect with new givers. This year, 249 new givers retained from last year and 694 first time givers contributed over $70,000 to the campaign total.

“The impact of the work being done by United Way and its partner agencies is felt throughout the entire community,” Niemann said. “As campaign leaders, we took on the responsibility of sharing the United Way story with the public and helping them see how their involvement can have a great impact on our community.”

Throughout the evening, Jackson cited examples of success in the 2013 campaign. Specifically, Jackson recognized 36 organizations that showed great progress in dollars raised and participation in special efforts in support of United Way.

  • Special Events continue to grow in popularity year after year.  Community events included Restaurant Days, a golf tournament and croquet tournament, and the annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at County Market, as well as numerous workplace special events. 
  • In the Commercial Division, organizations making significant progress were Elliott Publishing, Niemann Foods, Inc., Outdoor Power, Quincy Mall, and Turner Brothers Garage.
  • The financial division maintained consistent giving and experienced increases from Bank of Quincy, Davis & Frese, Inc. Realtors, Farmers Bank of Liberty, Great River Community Credit Union, and State Street Bank.
  • The Industrial Division had an incredible year. Increases were gained at Alter Scrap, Ameren Illinois, Gunn Construction Company, Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corporation, Quincy Newspaper, Inc./Quincy Herald-Whig, Refreshment Services Pepsi, Supreme Electric, UPS Quincy, and WIS-PAK Central, Inc.
  • In the Professional Division, area schools’ participation surged with notable increases from Adams School, Baldwin School – South, Baldwin School – West, Berrian School, Dewey School, Early Childhood Center, Ellington School, Madison School, Monroe School, the QPS Board of Education, Quincy Junior High, and Washington School.
  • Great efforts were made by local government and other Public Service Division companies.  Special events hosted by the City of Quincy and Adams County government offices, Blessing Health System, and Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center received great response. Adams County Government Employees, Blessing Health System, City of Quincy – City Clerk, Community Foundation of Quincy Area, and Sunset Home all experienced significant increases.
  • The Special Gifts division consists of retirees and home-based professionals.  This year, nearly 275 donors in this division added more than $70,000 to the campaign. 

The Loaned Executive Program is a vital piece of the United Way campaign.  Each year, local businesses select an employee to “loan” to United Way throughout the campaign to function as an extension of the United Way staff.  Loaned executives learn about United Way and its partner organizations then take the message to area companies and employees.  This year 15 individuals made over 60 presentations.

“Because of (the loaned executives’) dedication and determination, more than $400,000 was raised for the campaign,” Niemann said. “They truly went above and beyond what they were asked to do.”

United Way staff will continue to finalize the remaining 30 open accounts in the next few months.  Planning for the 2014 Campaign will occur simultaneously under the leadership of Niemann.

“If you have not had a chance to give to United Way this year, there is still time and we encourage you to do so,” concluded Jackson.


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