United Way of Bemidji Area kicks off Fall Campaign

The United Way of Bemidji Area kicked off its 2020 Annual Campaign Wednesday with Campaign Co-Chairs, Jake and Melissa Bluhm, and a live streamed event revealing the total of the Pacesetter Businesses early fundraising.

“As the needs in Bemidji continue to grow, we need to remember that we are in this together, and it’s the generosity of our donors and the strength of our community partners that drives real change.” Executive Director, Denae Alamano said.

Pacesetter businesses “set the pace” for United Way’s campaign by conducting their workplace campaigns early.

The 2020 Pacesetter businesses are Beltrami Electric Cooperative, First National Bank Bemidji, Jake Bluhm State Farm, Potlatch Deltic, Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, RiverWood Bank, Target, and United Parcel Service (UPS).

The United Way campaign for the community will run through Oct. 31.

Funds raised are invested in Bemidji area nonprofit agencies and programs that address the root causes of the most serious human needs in the community and create real, lasting change in people’s lives, according to a release.

United Way Partner Agencies have played a significant role in the local response to the pandemic, caring for those in need in our community.

For more information about the United Way, the campaign or to make a donation, call (218) 444-8929 or visit the United Way’s website.

Pacesetter Business Results:
UPS – $4,000

Target – $5,500

Jake Bluhm State Farm – $3,500

RiverWood Bank – $13,980

Potlatch Deltic – $17,688

Beltrami Electric – $15,577.90

First National Bank Bemidji – $52,000

Sanford Health – $65,000

Today is the United Way’s Radio Blitz with the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting. Tune into Continuous Country KB101, Northern Minnesota’s Classic Rock Station Z99, and More Music, More Variety 95.5 KZY for updates.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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