LANL Hosts Pre-Campaign Kickoff Reception

During a ‘pre-campaign’ kickoff reception Sept. 2 at the Oppenheimer Study Center, LANL Giving Campaign Chair Alan Bishop, principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering, talks about the 2015 Employee Giving Campaign and why he finds giving personally satisfying. Courtesy/LANL
 
Craig Strong, left, of the United Way of Santa Fe County speaks with LANL’s Alan Bishop during the Sept. 2 pre-campaign kickoff reception. Courtesy/LANL

LANL’s Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus chats with Don Cobb, retired former senior LANL manager and immediate past president of the board of directors of the United Way of Northern New Mexico at the reception. Courtesy/LANL
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Individuals in the position of division leader and above joined United Way staff, board members and LANL Executive Director Rich Marquez for the Lab’s Employee Giving Campaign “Pre-campaign” Kickoff Reception Sept. 2 at the Oppenheimer Study Center.
 
LANL Giving Campaign Chair Alan Bishop explained that the theme for the 2015 campaign is “Leading the Way” by example. He issued a challenge for this year’s goal to surpass the all-time campaign’s employee participation rate of 21 percent in 2013 and exceed last year’s $2 million in employee contributions. 
 

Alan Bishop putting on his hat before he began speaking at the Sept. 2 pre-campaign kickoff reception. Courtesy/LANL

 
Bishop called on the group to serve as champions for increasing campaign participation in their divisions.
 
“This is a great opportunity for us all to enjoy giving to our greater community on the Hill and off the Hill,” Bishop said. “The next two weeks is our opportunity as leaders to give and to give generously and to encourage our staff.”
 
Los Alamos National Security LLC will match employee contributions 100 percent up to $5,000 per individual donor.
 
Following the two-week pre-campaign, the LANL employee giving campaign officially begins Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 10. LANL will host its campaign kickoff event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 15 with a FUND RUN and kickoff event. 
 
United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) Executive Director Kristy Ortega and Craig Strong, vice president of marketing and philanthropy for the United Way of Santa Fe County attended the event.
 
“The LANL Employees and LANS have been such an important part of our organization … it’s because of this kind of steady giving and steady support that we can build on and reach ever more children and families,” Strong said.
 
UWNNM Board President Valerie Martinez commended this year’s United Way Campaign Co-chairs Pat and Ann Soran.
 
“They are the face of United Way … they are to be commended for being here this evening and for attending some of our meetings … they are ready to take off with this campaign,” Martinez said.
 
The Sorans shared their story of why they give and why they said “yes” when asked to chair this year’s campaign.
 
“If you’ve done well, it’s important to do good,” Pat said.
 

UWNNM will host its kick-off celebration 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Ashley Pond Pavilion. It will be unlike any held in the past for the community. Los Alamos National Bank, The Blue Window Bistro, The Craig Martin Experience and Pajarito Brewpub have all joined in this special celebration. The community is invited to join in the celebration.

For more information, visit www.UnitedWayNNM.org or call 505.662.0800.

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