United Way of Washington County celebrates a record-breaking campaign | By Alyssa Rauh

February 12, 2020 – Washington Co., WI More than 250 donors and volunteers attended United Way of Washington County’s Team Celebration at the West Bend Mutual Insurance Prairie Center on February 12.


The event showcased the 2019 United Way campaign, which was led by a group of campaign chairs made up of local principals including Phil Ourada, Scott Stier, Dan Dobner, Dave Uelmen, John Graf and Ralph Schlass.

Following several stories from local community leaders highlighting the impact the United Way has made in Washington County throughout 2019, the Campaign Chair team announced United Way of Washington County reached its 2019 fundraising goal, bringing in $1,710,343 for local programs.

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“Due to the generosity and hard work of so many people, the United Way can continue to expand its impact and support for our local community,” said Scott Stier, Campaign Co-chair.

“This truly was a united effort,” said Kristin Brandner, Executive Director of United Way of Washington County. “Because together we can accomplish so much more than any single organization on its own.”

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Campaign co-chair Phil Ourada said, “Over the course of this campaign season we’ve raised awareness and support for those that need our help the most.”


In addition to the record-breaking total, United Way shared the following campaign highlights:

  • United, the school districts increased their collective total and raised over $80,000.
  • Slinger School District had the highest dollar increase, raising more than $21,000 in new employee gifts.
  • Over 1,000 people gave to the United Way for the first time totaling almost $200,000 in new gifts.
  • The second annual Emerging Leaders Charity Golf Outing increased by $12,000 from last year, raising over $20,000 for the United Way.

Local organizations with a giving total of $10,000 or more were highlighted as part of the Leaderboard:

  • Affiliated Clinical Services, BMO Harris Bank, Broan, Commerce State Bank, Cedar Community, DACO Precision-Tool, Dairyland Seed Co. Inc., Delta Defense, Forte Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Glacier Hills Credit Union, Great Lakes Orthopedics, Herbert Kohl Philanthropies, Kerry, Kewaskum School District, Manitou Americas, Maysteel, Melitta S. & Joan M. Pick Charitable Trust, Menasha Packaging, R & R Insurance Services, Oscar & Augusta Schlegel Foundation, Serigraph, Slinger School District, Steel Craft Corporation, Sysco Eastern Wisconsin, Washington County Employees, WE Energies, West Bend Mutual Insurance & Foundation, West Bend School District

The event concluded with the announcement of the 2020 United Way campaign leaders.  This year’s campaign will be led by Prudence Pick Hway, Debra Cahoon, Jacci Gambucci, Rose Petitte and Amy Salberg.

United Way of Washington County invests in more than 25 prevention and intervention programs that improve Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Funds are allocated by panels of community volunteers. Program applications are evaluated based on alignment with United Way goals and focus areas, strength of outcome results and community need. The 2020 United Way campaign begins this fall.

2019 Campaign Co-Chairs

Phil Ourada: Principal, Slinger High School, Scott Stier: Principal, Kewaskum High School, Dan Dobner: Principal, Hartford Union High School, Dave Uelmen: Principal, Badger Middle School, John Graf: Principal, West Bend East High School, Ralph Schlass: Principal, West Bend West High School

About United Way of Washington County

Our mission is to improve lives and community conditions in measurable and lasting ways. United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that serves all communities in Washington County. It is governed by a board of community volunteers, dedicated to providing funding and community resources for health and human service needs in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health.

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