Shana Halverson’s third-grade classroom at McKinley Elementary School in Stevens Point won a one-of-a-kind Blenker Companies-designed bookshelf, stocked with books, from United Way of Portage County, following a reading contest open to all third-grade classrooms in Portage County.
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United Way of Portage County honored dozens of volunteers and businesses for their support during the 2017 campaign at its annual Recognition Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Stevens Point.
The Blenker family, owners of Blenker Companies in Amherst – in their final role as the 2017 Campaign Drive Chairs – thanked the more than 180 United Way supporters at the luncheon for their contributions during the fall campaign that raised more than $3 million to help people in this community.
Major award winners included:
Order your tickets now for a night of laughter at the Minds in Motion hypnosis show with Dr. Al Snyder! He has performed at over 1000 engagements in 35 states around the United States, entertaining nearly a quarter million people. With a masterful blend of traditional stage hypnosis and creative new material, he will keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat!
When: Friday, February 23, 2018. Show @ 7pm, doors open @ 6pm.
Where: Sentry Theater @ 1800
Cost: (General Admission) $15 adult and $10 for children 12 and under
United Way of Portage County will hold its 2017 Recognition Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 23, at noon at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center in Stevens Point. Register online for the event by Tuesday, Jan. 16, by clicking here.
Highlights from the event will include:
INDIVIDUAL HONORS: United Way of Portage County will honor several longtime individual supporters, as well as some more recent supporters who worked collectively to make the 2017 campaign a record-setting effort.
For the first time in its history, United Way of Portage County raised more than $3 million during its annual campaign. United Way of Portage County Executive Director Sue Wilcox, along with the Blenker family of Amherst, announced at the organization’s Victory Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at SentryWorld that the community’s efforts during the campaign raised $3,048,991 in 2017.
United Way of Portage County will celebrate the end of the 2017 campaign at its annual Victory Celebration Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. at SentryWorld in Stevens Point.
The public is invited to attend the free event where TRAVEL UNITED Sweepstakes finalists will win one of three prizes and where the results of the 2017 United Way of Portage County campaign will be unveiled. Pre-registration is not required, and beverages and appetizers will be available.
Sentry Insurance and its employees continued their million dollar campaigns with their 2017 donation to the United Way of Portage County. This year’s total of $1.15 million includes employee pledges, special events fundraising and a matching donation from the Sentry Insurance Foundation.
“Thank you – to each and every one of you – and to Sentry Insurance, for choosing to LIVE UNITED,” said Sue Wilcox, United Way of Portage County Executive Director. “I hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are proud of you and your commitment to this great community."
Portage County’s strengths, challenges and priorities will be highlighted Wednesday, Nov. 8, when the Local Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) steering committee releases its official report at a community forum open to the public. The forum will take place at in the SentryWorld Atrium, 601 N. Michigan Ave., Stevens Point, beginning at 8 a.m.
The United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center will hold its annual Make A Difference Day Rake-a-thon Saturday, Oct. 28. More than 500 volunteers are needed to help rake leaves.
The United Way of Portage County Endowment will host the Portage County Advisors Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stevens Point Country Club. This continuing education event will include four topics of discussion, a light breakfast, and the opportunity to network with peers.