2013 Campaign Celebrates Projected
37.5 Million Total
At its annual Victory Celebration United Way of Greater Kansas City announced its projected total for the 2013 campaign: $37,501,704, an increase of $200,000 thus far over last year’s total. The event, held at Starlight Theatre, was the culmination of 10 weeks of work by volunteers and community leaders at more than 1,600 businesses and organizations throughout the Greater Kansas City area.
“Of course it’s exciting to see this number revealed at our Victory Celebration,” said Graves, president and CEO of Burns and McDonnell, who co-chaired the campaign with his wife, Deanna Graves, along with Patrick “Duke” Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO. “Because it’s a projected total, there is still a lot of work we have to do as a community to get there. I’m hopeful that individuals and companies will step up and, as a result, possibly even surpass the total we announced tonight.”“Everyone did a remarkable job of raising money for all those in need in our community,” Dujakovich said. “Without such a successful campaign, the valuable work United Way does in Greater Kansas City would not be possible.”
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2013 Campaign Kicks Off
It was a different kind of kick-off at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 18, when nearly 700 business and non-profit agency representatives gathered to "kick off" the 2013 United Way Campaign.
Former Chiefs player Kevin Lockett led off the program and showed his "Live United" spirit, and Decade of Difference participant Emily Sukolics talked about how United Way is helping her achieve her dream of attending college as a theater major. Campaign co-chairs Greg Graves, Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, and Duke Dujakovich, president of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, challenged the crowd to "smash records" in this year's campaign - not just in total amount raised, but also in new level of participation, numbers of Leadership Circle and Tocqueville Society members, and corporate giving.
The kick-off event also included the announcement of a new leadership group for United Way, the African American Leadership Initiative, and the celebration of this year's Pacesetter companies. Pacesetters are those that hold early campaigns and achieved at least a 10% increase in one of five campaign categories.
Greg and Deanna Graves, Duke Dujakovich
and United Way CEO, Brent Stewart
Congratulations to our 2013 Pacesetters
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Stuff the Bus - Education Day of Action
Thank you Kansas City for your BIG HEART! We collected TWO FULL BUS LOADS of school supplies from companies throughout the metro. These supplies will go a long way in making this a successful school year for the kids at our Quality Matters sites!
Our thanks to the generous employees and companies that made this such a success: American Girl, Bank of the Prairie, CrossFirst Bank, DIT-MCO Internation Corp., eRecycling Corp., Farmers Insurance, Fleet Body, General Mills, Kansas City Economic Development Corporation, Kansas City Region LGBT, The Kansas City Star, Leawood Dodge Ball and Garden Club, Merck & Co., Power Group, Resources Global Professionals, RubinBrown, Secretary at Law, State Street Bank and Travelport.
Special thanks to the employees at Farmers Insurance for a FULL bus load of supplies!