A Message from the 2016 Campaign Chair
Anne Druck, York County Convention and Visitors Bureau
United Way agencies and their hundreds of employees strive to improve our community for thousands of residents and by doing so they make it a better place for everyone who lives and works in York County. A significant challenge lies before the United Way of York County’s 2016 Campaign Cabinet: to raise millions of dollars in support of our community that depends on the vital services provided by the 36 United Way partner agencies.
At a recent Rotary Club of York meeting, YWCA York CEO, Jean Treuthart, shared that the 2015-16 state budget impasse had a tremendous negative financial impact on her organization and that she is bracing for the same scenario this year. She shared that it is the YWCA’s biggest challenge and one that unfortunately is impacting United Way agencies across York County.
As the United Way plans to raise funds for these agencies through the Community Fund, Keith Noll, President WellSpan York Hospital, and UWYC board chair, is pleased to announce that the 2016 United Way campaign will be led by York County native and long-time leader of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Anne R. Druck. Noll stated, “Even with May’s rain outside our windows, the forecast for the United Way of York County’s 2016 Campaign is sunny, with increased donations and millions of dollars predicted.”
The new 2016 United Way Campaign Cabinet met earlier this month for its first meeting to plan strategies. Over 35 community volunteers and UW staff will meet with local companies to share why the UW campaign is vital in our community and collaborate to increase giving. When asked why she believes so much in the value of a United Way campaign, Anne noted, “A donation to the United Way of York County is an investment that improves lives, making our community a better place for everyone. As Maya Angelou stated, ‘I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.’ I look forward to working with other liberated souls, those dedicated community volunteers serving on the United Way Cabinet. Be part of something positive and make great things happen for York County with the United Way team.”
Following the United Way of York County call to action, “Be Part of the Team That Makes Great Things Happen,” Anne has jumped into her role as campaign chair by recruiting cabinet members that represent companies and organizations across York County. Anne has an impressive history of making great things happen for York County, most notably with the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau (YCCVB), where she has worked since 1993. As YCCVB president, she has helped to grow the organization’s budget from $243,000 in 1993 to $2,000,000. With her leadership, YCCVB developed the successful UnCork York Wine Trail, which grew from three counties to the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail including five counties throughout two states. Also under her leadership, the YCCVB developed, launched and trademarked York County’s first tourism brand – Factory Tour Capital of the World.
United Way of York County’s Campaign is one of the most significant fundraising events for York County, with almost half of the population in York County being directly impacted by United Way funded programs. While pacesetter companies will begin their campaigns over the next few months, the official campaign kick-off will occur on August 12th at PeoplesBank Park. The community is welcomed to join in this event by purchasing $4.00 tickets to the game that evening which are available on the United Way website.
2016 Campaign Cabinet
Campaign Chair - Anne Druck, President, York County Convention and Visitors Bureau
2016 Vice Chair - Jim Singleton, The Glatfelter Agency / Glatfelter Insurance Group