Dickinson United Way campaign launches Tuesday

From left are Chad Harrison of Danielson Insurance Agency, a United Way campaign sponsor, and Chris DeRoche, United Way board member.

IRON MOUNTAIN — United Way of Dickinson County will have its annual campaign kickoff from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain.

Funds raised through the annual campaign and kickoff event support human health and welfare agencies serving Dickinson County and the surrounding area. In 2019, 16 agencies will receive money from the campaign.

To make reservations for Tuesday’s event, call 906-221-2174 or 906-774-3089 or send an email to unitedwaydc@uplogon.com by Friday.

Platinum sponsors for the event are First Bank, We Energies Foundation and Danielson Insurance Agency. BOSS Snowplow is providing a Toro snowblower as the grand door prize.

More than half of the Dickinson County population utilizes one or more of the agencies funded by United Way. The goal for the campaign is $138,500. Contributions can be sent to P.O. Box 429, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

From left are Debbie Peterson, United Way board president; John Pryor of First Bank, a United Way campaign sponsor; and United Way board member Michelle Bal.

The United Way of Dickinson County began serving the Dickinson County area more than 40 years ago, starting out as a Community Chest and Red Feather Organization before becoming known as the United Way.

United Way of Dickinson County was incorporated in Michigan as a non-profit organization in 1987. The organization from its start has always been locally run, with a board made up of local citizens who oversee the administration of funds.

United Way raises funds for agencies serving the human health and welfare needs of the area and assesses the community needs to avoid duplication of services and ensure needed services are provided.

From left are John Estes, United Way campaign chairman; and Mary Beth Negro and Rich Larson of We Energies, a United Way campaign sponsor.