The United Way of Deschutes County has designated Tamara MacLeod of Karnopp Peterson LLP, as its volunteer campaign chair for the 2009/10 annual fundraising campaign.
MacLeod, a former United Way Loaned Executive and board member, first became involved in United Way when she moved to Bend in the mid 1990s. Since that time, she has remained committed to service in the community, whether through her role as a partner in a well established Central Oregon law firm, as a parent to two young children, or her volunteer work for local non-profits. MacLeod appreciates that each aspect of one’s life is affected by the things we do as an individual and as a community member; that is why she chooses to Live United.
“Tami brings energy and enthusiasm to the campaign this year,” offered Rick Bailey, the United Way board president and finance officer for Avion Water. “We believe her experience and knowledge of the urgent issues in Deschutes County will help us to reach our goal, which is to fund programs and services during this economic turmoil.”
MacLeod announced a goal to raise $1.3 million during the campaign. “Obviously it will be challenging,” stated MacLeod. “Yet as long as the need continues to increase, we have a responsibility to do what we can to help. I feel confident that the residents of Deschutes County will join me in the effort.”
Assisting MacLeod with campaign duties will be cabinet members: Jeff Ludeman, Corporate Calls; Sue Meyer, Speakers; Tom Bahrman, Account Development; Julie Hammond, Leadership Giving, and John and Susan Appel, Tocqueville Society.
The United Way of Deschutes County kicked off its campaign on September 15 with a breakfast at the new Bend Park and Recreation Center. The campaign begins with the help of five Pacesetters—local companies that take on the challenge to “set the pace” for the annual workplace campaign.
Midstate Electric Cooperative, PremierWest Bank, South Valley Bank and Trust, United Parcel Service and Wells Fargo held early campaigns, allowing the campaign to jump-start with nearly $90,000. This amount also includes contributions to-date from individuals, monies from Bank of the Cascades for their deposit program and proceeds from the United Way Charity Golf Classic, hosted by Sunriver Resort.
Information: 541/389-6507 or www.deschutesunitedway.org.