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July 2011 Newsletter




What Floats Your Cardboard Boat Race?

Put Your Crew Together Today!

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HFT BoatCome Sail Away with
Fox Valley United Way

Don't miss out on all the fun! 
Put your team together, build your boat and enjoy a great morning of fun family activities!

 Save the Date:
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Mastodon Lake, at Phillips Park in Aurora
Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m.
 Boat races start at 10:30 a.m.

For boat building details and race day information click here!  Registration is limited...REGISTER NOW and secure your spot in the race!

Volunteers Make The Difference!



We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Joel Ottosen, Vice President of Castle Insurance, for his six years of service as a board Joelmember with the Fox Valley United Way. Since 1993, Joel has been a professional volunteer with the United Way, first with the United Fund of Yorkville and then joining the Fox Valley United Way when it was created following the merger in 2005 of the United Funds of Yorkville and Plano with the United Way of the Aurora Area. He has just completed his year-long tenure as Vice-Chair of our board, but will continue to serve on several United Way committees.


Thank you Joel for your tireless efforts to make a difference in the lives of your Fox Valley neighbors!


At our June 29 board of directors meeting, the board chose the following individuals as officers for the term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012:


Gail Bumgarner, Chair

Senior Vice President, Strategy, Rush Copley Medical Center


Tom Lindblom, Vice-Chair

Retired Executive Director of Campus Operations, Waubonsee Community College


John Potter, Treasurer, 2nd term

Retired CEO, Dreyer Medical Group


Joe Harmon, Secretary

Assistant Principal, East Aurora School District #131


In keeping with the board's policy, last year's chair Melinda James (Assistant vice president, Student Development, Waubonsee Community College) remains an officer as Past Chairman, during this term.


Many thanks to everyone for their dedication and service. We look forward to an exceptional year 

Agency Spotlight

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Kendall County Food Pantry

in Yorkville


Nurturing The Gift

Of Hope

Kendall County Food Pantry is a not-for-profit organization established in 1987 in response to a growing need in Kendall County, IL.  KCFP is charged with the charitable collection & distribution of food, clothing and related necessites to those in need, in crisis and/or in emergency situations.  Kendall County Food Pantry allows individuals and families to receive donated assistance while regaining self sustainable status.


Learn More about the programs at the Food Pantry:

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  Fox Valley United Way

   44 East Galena Blvd.

   Aurora, IL  60505






Through United Way, your contribution will support the building blocks of better lives and stronger communities:


A quality education that leads to a stable job;

Enough income to support a family through retirement; and

Good health.


Join us and our communities to become a part of the change.  Please make a contribution today and help us make a difference in Kane and Kendall Counties!





We need your help on Saturday August 20th!

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Be part of the fun and volunteer to help us out at the 9th Annual

Fox Valley United Way

Cardboard Boat Race!
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Help save the charitable donation tax deduction! 


The Charitable Deduction as it currently exists in the federal tax code has been placed on the table as a possible source of revenue during the ongoing federal deficit reduction negotiations.


The landscape on these negotiations has been changing almost daily. United Way Worldwide has been working to keep the Administration and Congress informed about the importance of the deduction for incentivizing charitable giving.


We are engaged in direct communications with lawmakers and we are working in coalitions to protect the deduction. Click on this link to see an open letter by Independent Sector, and signed by Brian Gallagher, regarding the deduction and program cuts.

Look up your State Senator and State Representative here!


Special Thanks to:

Raging Waves

Raging Waves Water Park in Yorkville for giving back to Kendall County by hosting a Cash Collection Campaign for Fox Valley United Way! 


Donation canisters set up at the water park have already generated over $300.00 of cash donations from water park guests!


Thank you Raging Waves for choosing to LIVE UNITED!

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