Goal set at $280,000

Published 1:03 am Wednesday, September 8, 2004

By Staff
NILES - The United Way of Greater Niles announced the volunteer campaign team for 2004. Nancy Butler of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Specialists will be the campaign chair for an unprecedented third time. The fund raising goal this year has been set at $280,000 - nearly 10 percent above the $255,000 amount pledged last year.
To launch the campaign the United Way will be a co-sponsor of the Four Flags Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the Fisher Building 306 E. Main Street in Niles on Wednesday, September 15th from 5 to 7 p.m.
Also, a Charity Golf Scramble and cookout is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21st at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course, Eau Claire. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Golf spots are still available for $60 which includes the Hamburger/ Bratwurst cookout following golf. Call the United Way for reservations. Hole sponsorships are also available for $60.
Executive director John Stauffer announced that "To stimulate new giving this year the Plym and Hunter Foundations have pledged to match new donations of equal to or more than $1,000 from any individual or corporation and its employees. This is a terrific incentive for new donors and companies to participate and have the impact of their contributions doubled by the matching money from the foundations."
Last year more than 11,000 people in the Niles area were served by partner agencies of the United Way of Greater Niles. This year the Board of Directors has approved funding for 18 different charitable agencies.
The Campaign Team 2004 includes:
Campaign Chair: Nancy Butler, Coldwell Banker R.E. Specialists
Corporate: Dave Cangelosi, Tyler Refrigeration
Industrial Employees: Larry Pickles, Express-1
Government: James Lehmkuhl, City of Niles Community Utilities Manager
Hospital/Medical Facilities: Colette Pointer, Lakeland Regional Medical
Service/Retail: Bruce Williams, Williams Lumber &Hardware
Education: Tim Bagby, Niles Community Schools
Special Gifts: Patrick McCullough, 1st Source Bank and Mickey Hutchison, Four Flags Plaza
Senior Housing/Healthcare Facilities: Scott Piotrowicz, Silverbrook Manor
Professional Division
Attorneys: Donald Stone
Physicians: Dr. Fred Busse
Clergy: Reverend. Canon Marian M. Kencik, St. Mark's Catholic Church
Insurance &Accountants: Barry Pawielski, HUB International Insurance
Optometrists &Chiropractors: Dr. Michael Listenberger
Dentists: Dr. Robert B. Todd, Jr.
2003 United Way of Greater Niles Partner Agencies:
American Red Cross
Area Agency on Aging
Berrien County Cancer Service
Berrien County Council for Children
Berrien County Guardianship Service
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of America
Milestones of Southwest Michigan
Niles-Buchanan YMCA
Northside Childcare Center
Link Crisis Intervention Center
Niles Association for Exceptional Citizens
Safe Shelter
Samaritan Center
Salvation Army
Volunteer Center