With the 2009 campaign fully under way, Stillwater Area United Way is more grateful than ever for companies and individuals who annually show their passion and support by living united.
“Many people in our area are unaware of how much our local leaders have shaped how our United Way campaign runs each year,”Stillwater Area United Way Director Sheri Carter said.
Carter said the Day of Caring is a perfect example.
Many don’t know that the idea for an annual campaign kickoff with hundreds of volunteers improving the community was sparked at the suggestion of Jerry Moeller, Stillwater Medical Center’s chief executive officer.
“Stillwater Medical Center and so many of their employees truly embrace United Way year after year,” Carter said. “They are a great example others of how to live united.”
“The employees of Stillwater Medical Center not only contribute to United Way through donations, but they also give man hours to make the special events we host possible,” Moeller said. “We have a silent auction, bake sale, sell pizza by the slice and provide parking for Homecoming, all of which is made possible by the employees.”
Stillwater Medical Center annually sponsors the cost of the materials for Day of Caring projects. This year’s materials totaled more than $5,000. The Juke Joint Jog hosted by Stan Clark Companies. is another United Way fundraising event supported annually by Stillwater Medical Center. Each year the hospital sponsors the Juke Joint Jog’s Family Fun Zone, providing inflatables and entertainment for children.
“The needs are greater than ever in our community, and we need to help support those who are hurting,” Moeller said. “With the current recession, now is a great time for companies to step up and support United Way.”
“Stillwater Area United Way is very fortunate to have the support of Stillwater Medical Center and other local companies, who not only donate financial support, but also provide volunteers who give their time, talents and services for our community,” Carter said.
For more information about Stillwater Area United Way or how you can contribute to this year’s $800,000 campaign, please visit www.stillwaterunitedway.org or call 405-377-2161.