United Way Kicks Off ‘Investing in Community’ Campaign

Executive Director Kristy Ortega, second from left, addresses the crowd at Wednesday’s 2014 United Way campaign kickoff at the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Cathe McClard presents a $50,000 donation from Los Alamos National Bank to United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega for this year’s campaign. LANB has been a major supporter of United Way for many years. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LANL’s Terry Wallace is chairing the Lab’s United Way campaign this year. He told the crowd at Wednesday’s kickoff that the Laboratory’s campaign focus this year will be on why people give to United Way. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Wednesday’s 2014 United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) Campaign kickoff drew a crowd to the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. 

A Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN Club joined the campaign kickoff, which marked the beginning of the UWNNM fundraising season. UWNNM set a fundraising goal this year of $1,303,800.

UWNNM is a grant making organization, dedicated to engaging human and financial resources to help meet the needs of the communities. At Wednesday’s event, Los Alamos National Bank donated $50,000 to the non-profit organization, which this year supported 23 non-profits. SOC Los Alamos donated $10,000, marking $170,000 that SOC has donated to United Way over the years.

Zia Credit Union is this year’s official Youth Team Sponsor. Members of the UWNNM’s Youth Team attended Wednesday’s event and plan to host their own event “Dinner Over Diamond’ 4-7 p.m., Sunday on the overpass on Diamond Drive at Sullivan Field. The dinner will feature specialty pizzas and salad from Home Run Pizza and dessert from the Los Alamos Co+op Market. The Youth Team set its fundraising goal this year at $10,500.

UWNNM Cornerstone supporters include Los Alamos National Bank, Day & Zimmerman SOC Los Alamos, Del Norte Credit Union, Rio Grande Sun, ReMax of Los Alamos and Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. Their contributions help fund administrative costs to enable more donations to go directly to helping the community.

For additional information about Untied Way, call 505.662.0800.

Lidia Martinez, left, presents United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega with a $10,000 donation from SOC Los Alamos, marking a total of $170,000 that SOC has donated to United Way over the years. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Bob Trapp, past president of United Way of Northern New Mexico introduces board members, companies and organizations in attandance at Wednesday’s campaign kickoff event in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

United Way Finance Director Marie Marroquin, center, speaks with members of the Youth Team. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

United Way Youth Team members attend Wednesday’s event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

The crowd listens as Chamber Manager Katy Korkos gets Wednesday’s event underway. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

United Way Marketing Assistant Jeremy Varela explains that this year’s campaign thermometer in front of the post office in downtown Los Alamos will have a chalk board on the back so community members can write comments about why they donate to United Way. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Longtime community supporter David Griggs attended Wednesday’s United Way event. Griggs is retiring from his career with Los Alamos County and the community is invited to tell him farewell at his retirement party in the Municipal Building 3-5 p.m. Friday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

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