United Way to kick off campaign

Donors this year will have a chance to win a two-year lease on a Cobalt.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The 2005 Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way Campaign and communitywide Day of Caring were to kick off with a breakfast this morning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Banquet Hall.
About 400 United Way volunteers and community leaders were expected at the event, at which Bob Shroder, president and CEO of Humility of Mary Health Partners and Chairman of the 2005 Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way Campaign, was to introduce his campaign cabinet. The campaign has already generated $820,000 or 27 percent of its $3,000,000 goal.
Members of his campaign cabinet, who will lead the team of campaign volunteers, include vice chairman Frank Hierro of Sky Bank, co-chairman Jeff Elser of First Energy and Doug Sweeney of Sweeney Chevrolet.
Others on the cabinet and the groups they chair or co-chair are: Richard C. Stevens, Charter One Bank, Pacesetter; Ted Schmidt, National City Bank, Business and Industry; Mark S. Luke, Business II; Tricia Ames, Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc., Building and Construction; Kenneth G. Goldsboro, Sky Bank, Finance; Jerry Butler, GM Lordstown Complex, GM Group Chair; Warren Harris, Humility of Mary Health Partners, Health Care; MaryBeth Houser, Newman, Olson & amp; Kerr, Professional Division; Dr. Nick Kreatsoulas, St. Elizabeth Health Center, Professional Division; Betty Jo Licata, Youngstown State University, Public Service Division; Sister Marie Ruegg, Humility of Mary Health Partners, Public Service Division.
Others are: Larry Fauver, AFL-CIO, Labor; Julie Michael Smith, State of Ohio, Account Development; Patricia Rose, Better Business Bureau, Account Development; Tom Murray, Fifth Third Bank, Leadership Club; Greg Smith, Compco Industries, Leadership Club; Susan Stewart, Humility of Mary Health Partners, Public Relations; Jim Loboy, Hot-101, Public Relations; Gloria Christman, Anthem Blue Cross & amp; Blue Shield, Loaned Executive; Cindy Serich, Anthem Blue Cross & amp; Blue Shield, Loaned Executive.
After the breakfast, nearly 400 volunteers from 47 local businesses were to take on service projects at 39 different locations throughout the community.
Don Cagigas, United Way president and chief professional officer, said, "Day of Caring shows how important volunteers are to the success of our agencies ... and to our United Way."
Stevens, chair of the Pacesetter Campaign, reported $820,000 had been raised through pacesetter organizations and early advance gifts. The pacesetter portion of the campaign, made up of organizations who have a strong history of support and agree to run an early campaign to "set the pace" for the general campaign, started July 21 and consisted of 41 local companies and all 30 United Way agencies.
United Way also announced special incentives for the upcoming campaign. Any donor who gives a minimum of $2 each week, or a total annual gift of $104, is eligible to win a two-year lease on a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, donated by Sweeney Chevrolet. Details of the drawing are available on the United Way Web site located at www.ymvunitedway.org. The Community Benefits Coupon Book, which contains discount offers from 48 local businesses, will also be available to all donors who give a minimum of $2 per week.

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