United Way of Putnam County director Jeanne Beaulter (l) joins out-going president Sue Schroeder (center), and in-coming president Kathy Schroeder (r). (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
OTTAWA — Picture everyone happy on
Thursday evening during the annual United Way of Putnam County annual
business meeting. The reason for the celebration was the outcome of
this year's campaign. The campaign raised over $6,000 above their
“We had a goal of $300,000 and raised
$306,202.54,” campaign director Mike Schumacher reported to board
members and affiliate representatives. The meeting was held at the
Schroeder Center for the Arts. This is a nearly 3 percent increase
over what was collected during the 2012 campaign.
Picture Putnam United was the theme for
the 2013 campaign.
“I can certainly see that this
happened,” Schumacher said. “It was great to see the passion of
everyone who worked together on the 2013 campaign.”
Executive director Jeanne Beutler said
their direct mail campaign had a lot of new people making donations.
Schumacher gave the Chairman's Choice
award to KMI in Kalida. This award is a 13-year tradition that honors
the company that has shown extraordinary effort in their United Way
campaign and also seen an overall improvement in their giving.
“KMI had an increase of 19 percent in
giving over last year,” Schumacher said.
This year's source of campaign
contributors included 42 local businesses, 1,227 employee campaign
donors, 560 designations (campaigns out-of-county), 420 director mail
donors and 9 service clubs.
This means a total of 2,258 sources
provided contributions, a three-percent increase over 2012's