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United Way of 1000 Lakes launched their “Unleash Your Inner Hero” campaign at a kick-off breakfast at Old Central School in Grand Rapids. Executive Director, Kimberly Brink Smith announced this year’s dynamic team leading the charge to raise $300,000 for our community’s most vulnerable — Jim Hoolihan, Industrial Lube, Inc.; Kyle Erickson, MDI Deer River Hired Hands; Nikki Lehtinten, Independent School District 318; Matt Lehtinen, Magnetation; and Trish Klein, Itasca County.

The kick-off featured a pancake breakfast, live broadcast from KOZY, pancake cook-off, pancake flip relay race and a variety of lumberjack themed activities for kids.

Kurt Ogles and Tom Scheirer of Ogle’s Marketplace Foods took home the title for their Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes. A total of teams entered the cook-off and pancake recipes ranged from a Red Velvet to S ‘mores. Other teams competing were Timberlake Lodge (Timber Jacks); Forest History Center (Big Jack & the Cookies); Minnesota Power (The Tall Stacks); MDI (Magnificent Delicious Incredibles); Project Care Free Clinic; and Itasca County (Team Alaskan Itaskan).

Four teams competed in the Pancake Flip Relay, with UPS (Universal Pancake Slingers) edging out the competition to win the race. The UPS team consisted of Jay Zapzalka, Dan Haider, Dan Johnson and Jared Stoneman. Other teams participating were United Way Board of Directors; Grand Rapids High School Key Club; and Grand Itasca.

Now that the drive has officially begun, hundreds of workplace campaigns will soon be underway throughout the Itasca Area. Upcoming community wide promotions include “Dining United” activities, where local restaurants host special events each fall to support United Way of 1000 Lakes. This is a way restaurants, their employees and their patrons can come together to help those in need.

Approximately one-in-three are helped by one or more of the 40 local programs and initiatives supported by the United Way Campaign. Money raised here, stays here, to help people with disabilities, low-income seniors, disadvantaged youth, families-in-crisis, survivors of domestic violence, and many others. If you have already made your United Way gift, thank you. If you haven’t yet given, please consider a gift of any amount – even $5 can make an impact. When you give to United Way, your gift is combined with the gifts of others and creates big change in our community.

> Give through your workplace campaign. For more information about how your company can participate, call 218-999-7570. > Mail a check to United Way of 1000 Lakes, 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. > Donate on-line at www.unitedwayof1000lakes.org. Click on the “Give” button.


SIDEBAR:
The value of United Way is that you can address multiple community needs and know that your gifts, combined with the gifts of others, are invested in programs and initiatives that create lasting, positive change. 

Instead of focusing on one cause, United Way focuses on hundreds of causes to help the community as a whole. This would not be possible without local people investing in our mission of making Itasca County a better place to live. We know that the solution to one crisis can drive the solution to another. So we give great organizations the resources they need to make the biggest possible impact.

United Way funded programs:
Advocates for Family Peace: $24,765
  > Advocacy Program
  > Transitional Housing
  > Intervention Program
  > Wellstone Family Safety Center

Baby Steps Boutique: $4,763 
Bigfork Valley, Day Stay: $2,858
Bigfork Food Shelf: $2,858 
Boy Scouts: $1,000 
Bridges Kinship: $9,525
  > After School Mentoring Program
  > Community Based Mentoring 

Cooperative Solutions: $7,620
Deer River Food Shelf: $5,715
GRACE House: $5,715
Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital: MyPlate: $2,381
ElderCircle: $13,335
  > Adult Day Stay
  > RSVP
  > Senior Wheels Program

Essentia: Friendship Haven Adult Day Stay: $1,905
First Call For Help/United Way 2-1-1: $14,288
Home Visitor: $6,191
Itasca County 4-H: $7,620
Science/Technology/Robotics
After School Steps of Success
Youth Leadership 

Itasca County Wellness Court: $5,715
KOOTASCA: $10,478
  > Crisis Nursery
  > Transitional Housing

MDI: Disability-related Equipment: $1,000 
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Shelf: $2,858
Project Care Free Clinic: $7,144
Project READ: $4,763
Second Harvest: GR Food Shelf: $11,430
Support Within Reach: $13,811
  > Coordinated Community Response
  > Prevention Education & Awareness
  > Victim Support & Advocacy 

Itasca County Family YMCA: $25,718
  > Bruce Bauer Senior Center
  > Childcare Scholarship Fund
  > Youth Center

Youth for Christ: $13,335
  > Campus Life
  > Juvenile Justice Program



 



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