Ripon Area United Way President Jeff Puhlmann-Becker receives an oversized "check" from Ripon Rotary, which is this year's pace-setter organization.
Ripon Area United Way President Jeff Puhlmann-Becker receives an oversized "check" from Ripon Rotary, which is this year's pace-setter organization.

   The Ripon Area United Way unveiled its $85,000 goal last week Tuesday.

   After falling about $20,000 short of last year’s $90,000 benchmark, the community fund drive set its sights slightly lower but did not diminish its confidence.

   “We’re going to hit [the goal] this year,” Ripon Area United Way board President Jeff Puhlmann-Becker said to a crowd of about 50 gathered at Horicon Bank for a chamber social the bank co-sponsored with Condon Companies.

   Puhlmann-Becker explained that last year’s pacesetter organization had to pull out at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.

   This year’s pacesetter, the Ripon Rotary Club, is firmly on board and has committed to providing 10% of the goal, $8,500, to help kickoff the 2019-20 campaign.

   “We’re honored to have been asked to serve as pacesetter and we look forward to joining forces with other businesses and individuals” to help Ripon United Way meets its goal, Ripon Rotary President Karen Geisler said.

Read the full story in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.