More than 600 local businesses and individuals have contributed to the campaign since its October kickoff. Funding benefits Linfield students and the community primarily in four areas: scholarship support for Yamhill County students, Linfield athletics, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and the new Nicholson Library.
"Once again, the McMinnville community and Yamhill County have shown astounding support for Linfield College," Linfield President Vivian A. Bull said. "We value the ongoing partnership PIP represents and we appreciate the broad range of support the college receives from the community."
Community involvement and volunteer support is key to the success of the community fund drive, which has garnered regional recognition over the years. The award-winning campaign is recognized as a model for outstanding college-community relationships, according to Andrew McNall, director of annual giving at Linfield, who recently presented a session on PIP?s success at the district conference for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
This year?s campaign chair, Jayne Hurl of Hertz Equipment Rental, said the special relationship between the community and Linfield continues to be evident in the success of the annual campaign.
"As chair this year, I appreciate the work our callers do in going out and making their contacts in the community," she said. "I am also very gratified by the generosity of our donors. The gifts we make to Linfield continue to enhance our community."
This year, 65 volunteers took part in the program. Assisting Hurl as vice chairman is Mark Wickman of Corrigan Wickman Advisory, a 1978 Linfield graduate. 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 McNall; Bull; Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations; and Tracy Rush, secretary for annual giving. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2282.