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4/10/2003 Community, college surpass PIP campaign goal

McMINNVILLE – The Partners-in-Progress campaign has raised more than $280,000 for Linfield College programs, topping its goal for the 29th straight year.

The community campaign was supported by more than 400 local businesses and individuals who contributed to the drive since its October kickoff. Donors and volunteers will meet for a celebration Wednesday, May 7, at 5:15 p.m. in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield campus.

"The long-standing partnership between Linfield, McMinnville and Yamhill County has created wonderful opportunities for both the community and students," Linfield President Vivian A. Bull said. "We are thankful for the many community members who support quality higher education at Linfield."

This year's PIP campaign had a special emphasis on the new music facility, the final element in the Linfield capital campaign, "Linfield – The Defining Moment." Gifts to PIP will also benefit students and the community in the traditional areas including student scholarship support, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Northup Library and Linfield athletics.

The McMinnville community benefits by having access to Linfield's extensive events and facilities, according to Kathleen Bernards, certified public accountant and a 1976 Linfield graduate, who chaired the campaign.

"Linfield continually offers first class speakers and events," noted Bernards. "Our community is fortunate to have a strong partnership with a nationally ranked college that has terrific facilities."

This year, 70 volunteers participated in the program. 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 Windermere Pacific Crest Realty; Lee Vasquez, a law enforcement consultant; and Mark Wickman of Corrigan & Wickman Advisory.

Staff members assisting the steering committee are President Bull; Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations; Andrew McNall, director of annual giving; and Tracy Rush, secretary for annual giving and alumni relations. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2282.