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8/31/2007 Linfield kicks off annual community drive

McMINNVILLE - Local business leaders and representatives from Linfield College will launch the 34th annual Partners in Progress campaign, a long-standing partnership between Linfield College and the McMinnville community.

A breakfast and program will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 a.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield. Campaign volunteers and Yamhill County leaders will attend. Volunteers will make calls and collect pledge cards from local businesses and individuals during September and October. In honor of Linfield?s 150th anniversary, committee members have raised their goal to $500,000, an increase from last year?s goal of $400,000.

The award-winning drive is recognized as a model for outstanding college-community relationships, according to Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie, who will lead the college in celebrating its sesquicentennial this year.

?We are fortunate to have extraordinary support from the local community,? he said. ?This partnership celebrates a remarkable history between Linfield and McMinnville rivaling other campaigns of its type.?

The community fund drive, which began in the 1950s and adopted the name PIP in 1974, promotes the partnership between Yamhill County and Linfield. Community involvement and volunteer support are key to the success of the regionally recognized campaign

Harold Washington, president of Washington Roofing Company and this year?s campaign chair, has been part of PIP for 15 years and understands the need for community involvement.

?It?s important to be part of your community and Linfield is a big part of McMinnville,? he said. ?It was natural for me to get involved.?

Washington, who grew up in McMinnville, is active in the community. He has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity since its inception in Yamhill County and, in addition to PIP, he supports a number of local agencies including Kids on the Block, Pregnancy Counseling Center, Hospice and Relay for Life.

Over the years, Washington has had a bird?s eye view of Linfield. He?s taken part in various roofing projects at the college for more than 40 years, and has stood atop the Pioneer Hall cupola, the tallest wooden structure in McMinnville. He can often be found, along with his family, at Linfield athletic, music and theatre events.

?Community members are fortunate to be able to use college facilities such as the library, take part in events, or take an evening walk and enjoy the landscape of campus,? he said. ?Most towns don?t have that opportunity. We have a great ally in Linfield College.?

PIP campaign gifts will benefit students and the community in the traditional areas for PIP including scholarship support for Yamhill County students, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Nicholson Library and Linfield athletics.

In addition, in celebration of Linfield?s 150th anniversary, gifts may qualify for a personalized engraved brick in the Linfield Sesquicentennial Plaza, an area to be created in front of Walker Hall on the Linfield campus. Gifts over $150 will qualify for a 4" x 8" brick and those over $1,500 will qualify for an 8? x 8? brick. Bricks can be engraved with either individual or business names.

This year, 50 volunteers will take part in the program and will contact more than 400 businesses and individuals. Other members of the PIP steering committee assisting Washington are vice chair Carole Burcham, retired businesswoman; Kathleen Bernards, class of 1976 and a McMinnville CPA; Chris Browne of Chris Browne Insurance; Wendy Buchheit of Cross and Crown, Inc.; Dan Davison, class of 2003, Davison Auto; Dave Haugeberg of Haugeberg, Reuter, Gowell, Fredericks, Higgins and McKeegan PC; Robert Lunt, class of 1952 and a retired businessman; Linda Schwichtenberg of West Coast Bank; Dale Tomlinson, retired Linfield administrator; Lee Vasquez, a law enforcement consultant; Patti Webb, class of 1961, McMinnville Downtown Association; and David Wiegan, class of 1984, Mid Valley Rehabilitation.

Staff members assisting the steering committee are President Hellie; Elaine Burke, class of 1999, director of annual giving; Jodi Kilcup, assistant vice president for college relations; and Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2244.