2018 Campaign Kickoff


United Way of Portage County will kick off its 2018 campaign Friday, Aug. 17, at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School by introducing the 2018 campaign drive chairs, unveiling the 2018 campaign video, revealing pacesetter results from early campaigns, and giving people a first-hand look at United Way’s Project Fresh Start. The event is open to the public.

This year’s campaign drive chairs consist of a team of five women representing various ages. They include Kathy Davies, Amber Houck, Vikki Nason, Shannon Semmerling, and Anna Weisbrod, Stevens Point.

“Many of these drive chairs didn’t even know each other before United Way connected them, but all share a connection to United Way that will be highlighted as part of this year’s campaign theme – ‘I am. We are. What it means to LIVE UNITED,'” said Fred Hebblewhite, United Way of Portage County Director of Resource Development.”

Hebblewhite said the drive chairs will share their United Way story along with other members of the community at the kickoff event. In addition, Hebblewhite said the 2018 campaign video featuring Stevens Point native Kathy Kinney, an actress best known for playing Mimi Bobek on “The Drew Carey Show” in the 1990s, will premiere at the kickoff.

Results from early pacesetter campaigns held at the Village of Plover, the United Way Endowment, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, and Delta Dental of Wisconsin will also be revealed.

The kickoff will also include a behind-the-scenes look at Project Fresh Start, United Way’s school supply drive serving 1,100 area youth each year. Project Fresh Start will be held at P.J. Jacobs on Saturday, Aug. 18.

The United Way of Portage County 2018 Campaign will take place throughout Portage County at approximately 200 worksites, via direct mail, and through other individual and organizational giving. Donors of $52 or more to the 2018 United Way campaign will receive a GIVE & GET UNITED Coupon Book AND eligible donors of $52 or more will also be automatically entered into the LIVE UNITED – GIVE UNITED Sweepstakes for a chance to win your choice of one of six vehicles including a 2019 Ford F-150 XL Super Cab 4x4 valued at more than $42,000 donated by Scaffidi Motors in addition to a number of other great prizes.

For more information about the campaign, call 715-341-6740, email uway@unitedwaypoco.org, or visit www.unitedwaypoco.org.