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United Way Kickoff Event Nets Nearly a Quarter Million

Sept. 24, 2006 — Volunteers painted an outdoor mural at a home for low-income seniors Saturday, kicking off a United Way campaign that on its first day received donations totaling nearly one third of its objective.
Every dollar counts and will make it possible for United Way to achieve its goal of $800,000, said Alicia Boatwright, co-chair with Ermin Boschulte of the 2007 campaign.
More than 130 volunteers came to Ebenezer Gardens, a United Way supported agency, for the non-profit's first combined campaign kickoff and Day of Caring event. They painted a colorful mural of island scenes on the facilitys parking lot wall. It had been pre-sketched by artists Mace McDowell, Mark Sabino, Clay Jones and Vincent Bambini. The volunteers also prepared a community garden for residents.
Its so gratifying to see so many people giving up their Saturday morning to put their passion for caring into action, said Kim Moholland, chair of the Day of Caring.
More than 50 businesses and individuals pledged $214,152 as kickoff donors. When Boschulte invited the crowd to give Saturday, several businesses and individuals stepped forward with an additional $22,040, bringing the day's total to $236,192.
Leading the group of kickoff donors were Al and Margaret Cohen, Ambassador and Mrs. Henry Kimelman, Howard and Letty Hulsman and Richard and Alicia Stephenson, pledging $10,000 each. They belong to the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, a United Way program for individuals who contribute $10,000 or more annually.
Money raised by the campaign will support the following local human-service agencies: American Red Cross, V.I. Council of Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands, Civil Air Patrol, Dial-A-Ride St. John, Dial-A-Ride St. Thomas, Ebenezer Gardens, Habitat for Humanity of the V.I., Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Lutheran Reformation Summer Program, St. Thomas Reformed Church Summer Program, V.I. Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Yellow Cedar Group Home. Funds raised will also support United Ways Venture Grant program.
The corporate kickoff donors were:
Dudley, Topper and Feuerzeig, LLP
$10,000
International Capital and Management
$10,000
West Indian Co.
$10,000
Scotia Bank
$8,000
A. H. Riise Gift Shops
$6,000
Baker Magras and Associates, Inc.
$5,000
First Bank
$5,000
J. Epstein VI Foundation, Inc
$5,000
Topa Properties
$5,000
Banco Popular
$4,000
MSI Building Supplies
$4,000
Sea Chest
$4,000
ADT Security Systems
$3,000
Tunick Insurance Company
$3,000
Mr. Tablecloth
$2,500
Ackley Communications
$2,000
Bolongo Bay Resort
$2,000
Calypso Realty
$2,000
Rotary Club of St. Thomas II
$2,000
Topa Insurance
$2,000
Zenith Development Corp.
$2,000
Caribbean Auto Mart
$1,500
Toyota
$1,500
Betteroads
$1,000
Caribbean Cable TV Association
$1,000
Drury Capital
$1,000
Sugar Estate Association
$1,000
UBS
$1,000
Windward Passage Hotel
$1,000
Other pledges received from individuals were:
Boyd Foundation
$5,000
Carole DeSenne
$5,000
Dr. Alfred Heath
$5,000
Julie Eaton-Bryant
$5,000
Randolph H. Knight
$5,000
Andrea and Steve Martin
$4,000
George Dudley and Susan Laura Lugo
$4,000
Richard and Carolyn Lacombe
$3,000
John and Joan Amerling
$2,600
Becky and Jim Tunick
$2,500
Dr. Derek Burnett
$2,500
Michael Martin and Margaret Sprauve-Martin
$2,500
Penny and Henry Feuerzeig
$2,500
Scott and Judy Barber
$2,500
W. B. Broome
$2,167
Dr. Lawrence and Helen Goldman
$2,000
Albert and Lonnie Willis
$1,500
Alvin and Valgina Nazario
$1,500
George and Jessica Rosenberg
$1,500
Henry Wheatley
$1,500
Katherine Gibson
$1,500
Marian G. Mathes
$1,500
Ray and Carolyn Szymanski
$1,040
Mr. and Mrs. Cornel Williams
$1,350
Justin Moorehead
$1,035
Ellen G. MacLean
$1,000
Glenn Helton and Susan MacFarland-Helton
$1,000
Susan L. and Joseph A. Cranston
$1,000
The balance of the kickoff contributions came from the United Way board of directors.
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