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GRAND RAPIDS – United Way of 1000 Lakes will host their annual Campaign Celebration and Best of Awards on March 24, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 at Timberlake Lodge to announce campaign results and recognize outstanding community partners and volunteers. The event will feature local jazz guitarist, Sam Miltich, and keynote speaker Al Hodnik, President and CEO of ALLETE. 

Activities for the evening will include a networking and social hour, featuring music from Miltich, followed by the United Way of 1000 Lakes annual meeting, which is open to the public. The meeting will welcome new members of the United Way Board of Directors. The celebration will conclude with a program announcing totals from the 2015 campaign, an award ceremony recognizing outstanding community partnership, and an address from Hodnik.  

Al Hodnik, an Iron Range native, serves as the President and CEO of Duluth-based ALLETE. Hodnik first joined Minnesota Power in 1982, and was appointed chairman of the ALLETE Board of Directors in 2011. Minnesota Power operations include Boswell Energy Center, which employs nearly 300 employees in the Grand Rapids, Cohasset, and Coleraine area.  

The celebration will conclude the 2015 United Way of 1000 Lakes campaign. Over 25 local organizations benefited from United Way services in 2015, touching one in three people in Itasca County.  

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to wear plaid to the event, as a generous donor has pledged $25 to United Way of 1000 Lakes on behalf of each individual arriving in plaid. 

To reserve your seat, call 218-999-7570, or click to register online. For more information about the event visit: www.unitedwayof1000lakes.org/EVENTS/Campaign-Celebration

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