Let’s boost last year’s United Way total
The Kansas City Star
For a brief moment, push aside thoughts on the weak economy, presidential election and negative campaign news. At hundreds of Kansas City area businesses and organizations, fun events are taking place as fundraisers for the United Way of Greater Kansas City.
Workers are getting together to raise money for programs to benefit area residents. Examples include HNTB employees putting embarrassment aside to compete in a trike race.
At Waddell & Reed, employees competed in a wiffle ball game. Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Dennis Leonard participated with workers at the asset management and financial planning firm.
At the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, a coffee club got people energized to contribute to the United Way. Elsewhere, the area’s 1,600 companies and organizations holding United Way campaigns this year are having bowling tournaments, picnics, silent auctions, carnivals, pancake breakfasts and jeans days.
The campaign started with the Sept. 11 kickoff and is to finish on Nov. 15, hoping to improve on last year’s success at getting donors to increase contributions by 5 percent, companies to increase individual participation by 5 percent or both.
Each is achievable. Last year more than $36 million was raised, an improvement from $35.1 million in 2010.
Contributions to the United Way of Greater Kansas City will help 145 nonprofit agencies providing more than 300 area health and human service programs.
This year’s campaign is off to a good start and should finish well, fueled by Kansas City’s wonderful spirit of caring. Having fun along the way is one of its many benefits.
For information, visit unitedwaygkc.org online.