Great Expectations

The 2013 United Way Campaign began Monday with the “Pacesetter Kickoff.” Campaign co-chairs Deb and Deke Kathman welcomed representatives from 20 local businesses and organizations at the event hosted by Wegmans.

“Our goal this year is $1,315,000,” said Deb Kathman. “That’s a big number for this community and it’s vital that our Pacesetters hit the ground running and really set the tone for the rest of the campaign. We’re hoping to raise 10 percent of that goal by the end of August.”

Liz Lingenfelter, Wegmans store manager and Pacesetter chair, said these early campaigns serve as a catalyst to the general United Way campaign which starts in mid-September.

“Our goal is to raise $144,000 over the next several weeks,” Lingenfelter said. “If we can hit that mark, it will really springboard us into the full campaign.”

Deke Kathman said the Pacesetter Campaign is a good indication of how the full campaign will go.

“Our Pacesetters are a microcosm of the overall campaign that begins in six weeks,” he said “These businesses and organizations really do set the pace for everyone else, and give us a sense of how the rest of the campaign will go.”

The following organizations have volunteered to help set the pace for United Way of Southern Chautauqua County in 2013: Alliance Advisory Group; American Red Cross; CBA Vision Rehabilitation Services; Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc.; Chautauqua County Employees; Chautauqua Eye Care; Chautauqua Patrons Insurance Company; Clark Patterson Lee; Community Bank NA; Court Appointed Special Advocates of Chautauqua County Inc.; Glatz Agency; Jamestown Board of Public Utilities employees, including IBEW 459, IBEW 106, and Teamsters 264; Jamestown Savings Bank; Ring Precision Components; Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union; Spectrum Eyecare; UPS; United Way; Wegmans; and Weinberg Financial Group.

The local United Way supports 18 partner agencies and 39 programs throughout southern Chautauqua County.

For more information about the United Way or the 2013 Campaign, call them at 483-1561, visit them at, search for “United Way of Southern Chautauqua County” on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at “uwayscc.”