Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA - Believe it or not, it is that time of year again with the Piqua United Way 2014 campaign underway beginning with a pacesetter breakfast held on Wednesday.
Served by Sterling House of Piqua at the YMCA youth center and hosted by Joe Hinds, YMCA youth director, the breakfast included 20 attendees representing 17 area pacesetting companies (See breakout) who will run their campaigns - and set the pace - through the month of August.
“It went great,” said Sean Ford, executive director of the Piqua Area United Way, with the breakfast held not only to prepare pacesetters but get energized for their month-long campaign. Some of the guests included Kyle Cooper, Unity National Bank branch manager and campaign chairman, along with guest speakers Claire Timmer, executive director of the Miami County Dental Clinic, and Jake Amlin, Washington Intermediate School principal and pacesetter chairman.
According to Ford, pacesetters raise 52 percent of the United Way goal.
“You’d be hard pressed to have a successful campaign without the efforts of these companies,” continued Ford with the 17 companies to host a variety of fundraisers such as auctions and door prizes. “Anything to spark interest in the United Way from their business.”
August will be a busy month for the Piqua Area United Way with Sterling House of Piqua to serve the volunteer luncheon on August 27.
“That’s where all our volunteers come and get everything they need for the campaign,” said Ford, followed by the pacesetters campaign being recognized on August 29 during halftime at the first home football at Piqua High School Alexander Stadium. “That’s when we make our awards or recognize our pacesetters and announce to the community how much they’ve raised.”
The national United Way campaign will begin on September 1.
The Piqua Area United Way raises, collects and distributes fundraising monies for use in area programs such as Easter Seals/Runrise Center Adult Day Services, American Red Cross, Greene Street Childcare and many others.
For more information visit www.piquaunitedway.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PiquaUnitedWay which includes their new 2014 campaign video.
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall