By CHRIS TOMASSUCCI
QUINNESEC - Verso Paper Corp's Quinnesec Mill conducted the most successful United Way fund-raising drive in its history this year.
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Verso Paper Corp.’s Quinnesec Mill present area United Way campaigns with checks totaling $74,854.24. Pictured are members of the mill’s United Way fundraising committee and the United Way of the Dickinson County Area. From left are Kevin Kazianka, Verso-United Way Campaign Chair; Patrice Wartick, Verso Campaign Committee member; Brian LaBrash, Verso-United Way board member; Jennifer Anderson, United Way Campaign Co-Chair; Barb Messer, United Way Executive Director; and Adam St.John, Quinnesec Mill Manager.
Employees at the Quinnesec Mill have presented checks to the United Way, including those in Dickinson, Delta and Menominee counties, for a total of $74,854.24.
Quinnesec Mill Manager Adam St. John is proud of the generosity of the mill's employees.
"Verso includes good citizenship and stewardship among its core values," St. John said. "We know that our company's success depends, in great part on the health and well-being of the communities where we operate."
Barb Messer, executive director of United Way of the Dickinson Area is thrilled with the mill's contribution.
"I am so proud and thankful to the campaign team and employees of Verso for their contribution to the United Way," Messer said. "They recognize the importance of being part of the community and providing a helping hand in these tough times. Its truly 'neighbors helping neighbors' - they have made a real difference in people's lives."
The United Way of the Dickinson Area provides funding to 14 non-profit agencies including: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area; Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula; Dial Help, Inc.; Dickinson County Proud Equestrian Program; Dickinson County Healthcare; System Prescription Assistance Program; DIVERT Program Community Substance Abuse; Family Ties Adult Center; Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes; Hiawathaland Council, Boy Scouts of America; Lifeline; Medical Care Access Coalition of Dickinson & Iron Counties; American Red Cross MI-WI Border Area Service Delivery Unit; Northwoods Airlifeline, Ltd.; and the United Way of Dickinson County Inc.These organizations help one out of every two people in the greater Dickinson County Area.
Kevin Kazianka, Information Technology manager at the Quinnesec Mill and its United Way committee chairperson, said employees at Verso's Quinnesec Mill rallied together and exceeded the committee's highest expectations with their giving this year.
"We've always had such generous employees here at the Quinnesec Mill," Kazianka said. "With the economy still struggling, we know that there are a lot of people in our community who are reaching out for help. I am so proud to be part of this company."
Because the Verso Quinnesec Mill has employees from outside of the Dickinson County area, a portion of the funds raised were pledged to the United Way of Delta County, and the Tri-City Area United Way which includes Marinette, Menominee and Peshtigo.
The United Way of Delta County received $984, Tri-City Area United Way received $7,120, and the United Way of the Dickinson Area received $66,750.24.
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