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10/4/2005 PIP celebration kicks off community campaign

McMINNVILLE – A breakfast celebrating the partnership between Linfield College and the McMinnville community will mark the beginning of the 32nd annual Partners-in-Progress campaign.

The breakfast, along with a program, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 a.m. in Dillin Hall on the Linfield campus. Campaign volunteers and Yamhill County leaders including mayors, school board members, county commissioners and others will attend. Volunteers will make calls and collect pledge cards from local businesses and individuals during October and November.

For more than three decades, steering committee members, callers and contributors have worked together to enhance both the college and community, according to campaign chair Linda Schwichtenberg, vice president and branch manager of West Coast Bank.

"I am proud to be a part of this tradition," Schwichtenberg said. "Linfield College brings a wealth of opportunities to all of Yamhill County’s citizens and I believe we are a richer, more educated and more worldly community because of it."

Schwichtenberg grew up on a farm south of McMinnville and remembers driving by Linfield each time she came to town. "It was so beautiful and naturally I dreamed of attending one day."

Though she instead attended banking schools at the University of Portland and the University of Washington, Schwichtenberg has continued to admire Linfield and its contributions to the community.

"Linfield has helped many of our Yamhill County students further their educations and has literally helped them fulfill a dream," she said.

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 campaign, which has garnered regional recognition over the years. The award-winning campaign is recognized as a model for outstanding town-gown relationships.

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.

This year, 65 volunteers will take part in the program and will be contacting more than 400 businesses and individuals. Other members of the PIP steering committee assisting Schwichtenberg are Kathleen Bernards, class of 1976 and a McMinnville CPA; Chris Browne of Chris Browne Insurance; Carole Burcham, retired businesswoman; Robb Childs of Willamette Valley Medical Center; Dave Haugeberg of Haugeberg, Rueter, Gowell, Fredricks, Higgins, & McKeegan PC; Jayne Hurl, retired businesswoman; Robert Lunt, class of 1952 and a retired businessman; Dale Tomlinson, a retired Linfield administrator; Lee Vasquez, a law enforcement consultant; Harold Washington of Washington Roofing Co.; and Mark Wickman, class of 1978, of Corrigan Wickman Advisory.

Staff members assisting the steering committee are Andrew McNall, director of annual giving and class of 1988; Linfield Interim President Marvin Henberg; and Bruce Wyatt, vice president for college relations. For more information on the PIP campaign, call 503-883-2282.