The 29th annual Partners-in-Progress campaign will kick off with a special Linfield Day Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Kathleen Bernards, campaign chair and McMinnville CPA, along with the PIP steering committee will host the annual Linfield Day breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with a special program at 7 a.m. in Jonasson Hall on the Linfield Campus. An event to showcase Linfield music students will also be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Hillside Communities in McMinnville.
This year's campaign goal is $280,000. The community fund drive, promoting the partnership between McMinnville and Linfield College, began in 1974 when a small group of local businesses volunteered to raise $25,000. They succeeded in raising $35,000 and since then, the campaign has successfully reached its goal each year.
Community involvement and volunteer support is key to the success of the campaign, which has garnered regional recognition in recent years. The award-winning campaign is recognized as a model for outstanding town-gown relationships.
"The Partners-in-Progress campaign demonstrates the strong relationship between McMinnville and Linfield," Bernards said. "Residents here feel involved in the school, and Linfield is an important part of the community. The relationship exhibited by Partners-in-Progress can be instrumental in securing grants from foundations and other sources." Bernards, a 1976 Linfield graduate, has a number of ties to the college. Bernards' father, Tom Yonker, served as professor of education from 1970 to 1988, and her daughter is carrying on the family legacy as a sophomore in the business department. Bernards, a pianist who developed a deep love of music from her mother, McMinnville pianist Sally Geistweit, is particularly interested in the development of the new Linfield music facility.
This year's PIP campaign has a special emphasis on the new music facility, which will be the final element in the Linfield capital campaign, "Linfield The Defining Moment." The $10 million project will provide 32,000 square feet, including a 650-seat concert hall, and complete the new arts quad on the Keck campus.
Gifts to PIP will also benefit students and the community in the traditional areas including student scholarship support, Linfield athletics, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and Northup Library.
This year, 80 volunteers take part in the program and will be contacting approximately 550 businesses and individuals. Assisting Bernards as vice chairman is Jayne Hurl of Hertz Equipment Rental. Other members of the PIP steering committee are Phil Bladine of News-Register Publishing Co.; Chris Browne of Standard Insurance Co.; Carole Burcham of Timmreck and McNicol Jewelers; Todd Caster of Citizens Bank; Marylou Cooper, retired U.S. Bank businesswoman; Toni Chodrick of Oregon Mutual Insurance; Crit Huston, a retired physician; Ezra Koch, a retired businessman; Dale Moore of Hagan-Hamilton Insurance & Financial Services; Linda Stephenson of Cascadia Landscaping; Lee Vasquez, a law enforcement consultant; and Mark Wickman of Corrigan & Associates.
Staff members assisting the steering committee are Andrew McNall, director of annual giving; Linfield President Vivian A. Bull; Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations; and Tracy Rush, secretary for annual giving and alumni relations. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2282.