The campaign will start with a special Linfield Day Wednesday, Oct. 15. This year's campaign chair, Jayne Hurl of Hertz Equipment Rental, along with the PIP steering committee will host the annual Linfield Day breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with a special program at
7 a.m. in Jonasson Hall on the Linfield Campus.
Working towards a campaign goal of $250,000, campaign volunteers will collect pledge cards from local businesses throughout the day and deliver them to Citizen's Bank, this year's campaign headquarters.
The community fund drive, promoting the partnership between McMinnville and Linfield College, began in 1974. Community involvement and volunteer support is key to the success of the campaign, which has garnered regional recognition over the years. The award-winning campaign is recognized as a model for outstanding town-gown relationships.
As a member of the McMinnville community for the past 24 years, Hurl and her family have participated in a number of opportunities offered by Linfield. Her sons attended sport camps on campus and the family hosted a Linfield student in their home. In addition, Hurl's husband, Doug, is a member of the Linfield College Board of Trustees.
Hurl said the campaign gives community members the opportunity to enhance the long-time partnership between Linfield and Yamhill County by contributing to the support of the college.
"In turn, Linfield provides our community with outstanding students who volunteer in our schools and participate in various community activities," Hurl added. "These students and their families also support the businesses in our community while attending Linfield.
"As a community, we are also fortunate to be able to enjoy plays, concerts, lectures and sporting events without ever having to drive out of town! It is easy to see why this partnership between college and community has been so successful over the years."
This year, gift increases through PIP will be matched as part of the 2003-04 Trustee Annual Fund Challenge. Trustees have pledged a total of $75,000 to match gift increases dollar-for-dollar when a donor contributes at a new gift recognition level.
Gifts will benefit students and the community in the traditional areas for PIP including scholarship support for Yamhill County students, Linfield athletics, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and the new Nicholson Library.
This year, 65 volunteers will take part in the program and will be contacting approximately 550 businesses and individuals. Assisting Hurl as vice chairman is Mark Wickman, a 1978 Linfield graduate employed at Corrigan & Associates. Other members of the PIP steering committee are Chris Browne of Standard Insurance Co.; Carole Burcham of Timmreck and McNicol Jewelers; Todd Caster of Citizens Bank; Toni Chodrick of Oregon Mutual Insurance; Crit Huston, class of 1949 and a retired physician; Ezra Koch, a retired businessman; Linda Stephenson of Windemere Pacific Crest Realty; Lee Vasquez, a law enforcement consultant; Kathy Bernards, class of 1976 and a McMinnville CPA; Bob Lunt, class of 1952 and a retired businessman; and Harold Washington of Washington Roofing Company.
Staff members assisting the steering committee are Andrew McNall, director of annual giving; Linfield President Vivian A. Bull; and Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2282.