Family Affair

Melissa and Shane Uber have been tapped to serve as 2014 United Way Campaign co-chairs.

“We were honored to be asked and carefully considered what it meant,” Melissa Uber said. “It’s a tremendous responsibility and we are determined to be a success.”

Mrs. Uber is a partner in the family printing business, Quick Solutions, located in downtown Jamestown and Warren and is a real estate agent with Century 21. She has a long history of community service and her business provides support to a number of local charitable efforts. Her son Shane is corporate counsel for A.W. Farrell & Son Inc., and has his own general practice firm located in downtown Jamestown.

“I came back to practice law here because I believe it’s a great place to live and work,” Shane Uber said. “I would like to see more young professionals get involved in the community through volunteerism and contributions. Our generation needs to step up and this is my way of leading by example.”

The Ubers are the first “mother/son” duo to lead the United Way Campaign in its history and come to it through a unique family connection. Melissa’s father, Robert Eaglesome, chaired the campaign 15 years ago in 1999.

“My family has always supported United Way because of the work that is accomplished by its agency partners. I am proud to be passing that legacy on to my son Shane,” Mrs. Uber said.

The 2014 Campaign goal has been established at $1,320,000.

“It won’t be easy to achieve but we believe it’s possible if we work together,” Tory Irgang, United Way executive director, said. “We have excellent leadership in Melissa and Shane and a very strong Campaign Cabinet. Plus we always know that the community is behind us.”

This week, the United Way Pacesetter accounts are starting their campaigns and will hope to have their totals reported at the end of August. These companies commit to run early fundraising efforts and strive to increase their overall giving to get the campaign off to a strong start. The companies working to achieve this in 2014 include: Alliance Advisory Group, American Red Cross, CBA Vision Rehabilitation Services, Chautauqua Adult Day Care, Chautauqua County Employees, Chautauqua Eye Care, Chautauqua Patrons Insurance, Clark Patterson Lee, Community Bank, CASA of Chautauqua County, Glatz Agency, Board of Public Utilities, Jamestown Savings Bank, Ring Precision Components, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Spectrum Eye Care, United Way, UPS, Wegmans, and Weinberg Financial Group.