The co-chairs for the 2015 United Fund campaign have been announced. Terri Swanson and Thad Turner will head this year’s campaign, which has a goal of $660,000.
Both are enthusiastic about the upcoming campaign. Ms. Swanson stated that, through her previous association with the United Fund, she is “very aware of all the good that the Fund achieves through its member agencies.” She added that the importance of the Fund to those agencies “cannot be overstated.”
Mr. Turner expressed similar sentiments, saying that, without the support of the United Fund, some programs at the YMCA would be curtailed. “The signs says that ‘the United Fund Works Here,’ and that is very true for the Y. Several of our youth programs are heavily dependent on the continued help we get from the Fund.”
Ms. Swanson, a Russell native, is the Community Office Manager of Erie Bank at 301 Pennsylvania Avenue West. There, her primary duties involve customer relations, loan requests, new accounts and managing daily operations. Starting her banking career in 1985 as a part-time teller, Ms. Swanson has advanced to her current position. She joined Erie Bank in 2007.
Ms. Swanson resides in Warren with her husband, John. She has been involved in many charitable organizations within Warren County, including the United Fund, the Rouse Estate, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Salvation Army and the March of Dimes. This is her first co-chairmanship of the United Fund campaign.
Mr. Turner is serving his second year as a campaign co-chair for the United Fund. He is the CEO of the Warren County YMCA, a United Fund member agency. A graduate of West Virginia University, he had a distinguished college wrestling career. After serving in the U. S. Navy as a SEAL, he has managed a wilderness camp for at-risk youth before coming to the YMCA.
Mr. Turner has continued his interest in wrestling, serving as head coach for the 1999 first place Pennsylvania State Wrestling Team. He also travels outside the country working to recover abducted children through the Association for the Recovery of Children.
The United Fund campaign will kick-off on Friday, October 9, 2015, with an event at the Library Theater from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. It will feature music for children and adults, free food, and a silent movie shown on the big screen. A short presentation about the Fund will also be included. The public is invited to attend, with the price of admission being one potato per person.