LANB Hosts United Way 2013 Campaign Kick Off

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells presents a $50,000 donation from the bank to United Way, accepted by United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega during Wednesday’s 2013 campaign kick off event hosted by LANB. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Katy Korkos, left, of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce presents a $8,200 donation to United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega from money raised at the Chamber’s annual charity golf tournament. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Director Liddie Martinez of Community and Government Relations for SOC, right, presents a $10,000 donation from SOC to United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Bank CEO and Chairman of the Board Bill Enloe speaks with Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos, right, and Lori Heimdahl Gibson during Wednesday’s United Way campaign kick off at LANB. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com 

Staff report

A large crowd filled the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank Wednesday evening for the United Way of Northern New Mexico’s annual kick off campaign.

United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega recognized Debbi Wersonick, Carol Rutten and Linda Anderman of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office.

Los Alamos National Bank Senior Vice President Jill Cook, former United Way president introduced various dignitaries in the crowd.

Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos coordinated the FAN Club event.

This year, United Way received 31 grant applications totaling $1,590,689 and was able to fund 24 organizations through grants totaling $973,171.

Funded Partners in attendance at Wednesday’s campaign kick off included:

  • Self Help, Ellen Morris Bond;
  • Chama Valley Humane Society, Jean Garlie and canine Shep;
  • Los Alamos Family YMCA, Linda Daly;
  • Los Alamos Family Council, Joyce Beery and Cheryl Pongratz;
  • Los Alamos Heart Council, Ann Revelle;
  • Habitat for Humanity, Stan Primak;
  • Big Brother’s Big Sister’s;
  • Amigo’s De Valle;
  • Boy and Girls Club Del Norte;
  • Espanola Family Learning Center; and
  • Little Forrest Playschool.

United Way is a grantmaker that holds the largest annual campaign fundraiser locally, benefiting many local organizations and grant recipients.

The campaign goal for this year is $1,590,689.

 

United Way has a volunteer board and dozens of community members who work throughout the year to help bring success to each fundraising campaign, including the Youth Team campaign.
 
The goal for the United Way Youth Team this year is $11,000. The Youth Team is holdng its third annual “Taste the Sky” fundraiser dinner from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Los Alamos County Airport. For additional information, call 662-0800.
 
United Way is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to engaging human and financial resources to improve the quality of life of the people in the communities it serves in Northern New Mexico.

United Way Cornerstones and Pacesetters:

  • Los Alamos National Bank, Cornerstone/Pace Setter: $50,000
  • SOC Cornerstone/Pace Setter: $10,000
  • LAMC, Cornerstone/Pace Setter: $5,000
  • Rio Grande Sun, Cornerstone/Pace Setter: $3,000
  • Del Norte Credit Union, Cornerstone/Pace Setter: $1,000
  • RE/MAX Cornerstone/Pace Setter: $1,000
  • Neptune, Cornerstone/Pace Setter: $1,000

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce donated $8,200 from its charity golf tournament.

Los Alamos National Bank Senior Vice President Jill Cook speaks with Jeff Mousseau of Los Alamos National Security who was representing Paul Henry, principal associate director for Capital Projects and this year’s LANL Campaign Champion. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com 

United Way Board President Bob Trap, left, makes a joke as he is introduced at which Ann Revelle of the Los Alamos Heart Council and Jeff Mousseau of LANS laugh. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

Retired State Sen. Steve Stoddard and his wife Barbara attended the United Way kick-off event at Los Alamos National Bank Wednesday. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

This year’s United Way Campaign Co-chairs Wendy and Gene Schmidt. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

United Way Communication & Marketing Director Carla Gray Weiser. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

United Way Finance Director and Youth Campaign Coordinator Marie Marroquin. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Laura Wendelberger and Jordan Ahlers of the United Way Youth Team with Jean Garlie of the Chama Valley Humane Society and her registered therapy dog Shep. Shep serves on the United Way sponsored WAG ‘n READ program, which helps children to improve their reading skills by encouraging them to read to a dog. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, former County Councilor Robert Gibson, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and United Way Youth Team Mentor and Youth Advocate Morrie Pongratz. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

Owner Melissa Paternoster of the Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave., donated a wide variety of elegant hors d’ oeuvres for Wednesday’s United Way Campaign Kick off event at LANB. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com 

 

 

 

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