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9/5/2008 Linfield, community to kick off annual PIP drive

McMINNVILLE - Local business leaders and representatives from Linfield College will launch the 35th annual Partners in Progress campaign, a long-standing partnership between Linfield and the McMinnville community.

A breakfast and program will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 a.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield. Campaign volunteers and Yamhill County leaders will attend, gearing up to make calls and collect pledge cards from local businesses and individuals during September and October. The campaign goal is $475,000.

The award-winning drive is recognized as a model for outstanding college-community relationships, according to Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie.

“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 began in the 1950s and adopted the name PIP in 1974. It promotes the partnership between Yamhill County and Linfield. Community involvement and volunteer support are key to the success of the regionally recognized campaign.

Carole Burcham, chair of the PIP steering committee, has been involved with the drive for eight years but she has been associated with Linfield most of her life.

“I was raised on Linfield Avenue,” said Burcham. “I used the campus as my pathway to Columbus Grade School as a child.”

Burcham retired from Timmreck and McNicol Jewelers in 2004 after working there 28 years. In addition to PIP, she is active at the Presbyterian Church and president of the Henderson House Foundation Board. She said Linfield has a lot to offer the community.

“Linfield is a wonderful asset to McMinnville,” she said. “It provides social activities, a library, theatre, a beautiful campus that I admire almost daily, and considerable economic advantages of staff and students living and shopping in the community.”

PIP campaign gifts will benefit the ongoing relationship between Linfield and Yamhill County by supporting events and activities that take place on campus.

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 Burcham are 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 and John McKeegan, both of Haugeberg, Reuter, Gowell, Fredericks, Higgins and McKeegan PC; Linda Schwichtenberg of West Coast Bank; Dale Tomlinson, retired Linfield administrator; Harold Washington, Washington Roofing Company; 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.