July 24, 2008

United Way Kicks Off 2008 Pacesetter Campaign

By Ryan Stotts, La Crosse Tribune, Wis.

Jul. 24--ONALASKA, Wis. -- Great Rivers United Way kicked off its Pacesetter campaign with a big show of support.

Pacesetter co-chairwoman Julie Bartels, an administrator for women and children's services at Franciscan Skemp, said this year marks a high point in participation, with 18 local companies vowing to raise money before the main fundraising campaign begins in September. "You are setting the pace for our community," Bartels told the volunteers at a picnic Wednesday afternoon at the United Way offices in Onalaska.

Employees from the participating companies were able to visit some of United Way's agencies -- such as the Coulee Council on Addiction, the American Red Cross and the Coulee Children's Center -- where they helped paint, clean and perform other community service projects.

"We're going there to see where our dollars are going," said State Bank of Onalaska Community Banking Manager Jodi Grams. She said she planned on visiting several locations throughout the day.

"It's overwhelming what we get to do and the people we get to meet and help out," she said.

2008 Pacesetter companies

--Altra Federal Credit Union


--La Crosse Fire Department

--Dairyland Power Cooperative

--Festival Foods

--Firefighters Union Local 127

--Franciscan Skemp Healthcare

--Gundersen Lutheran

--JFK Associates

--Logistics Health


--Main Street Ingredients

--Tri-State Ambulance

--United Parcel Service

--Walmart Distribution Center


--Wieser Brothers General Contractors


Ryan Stotts can be reached at (608) 791-8446 or [email protected]


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