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City of Auburn Employees Raise More than $40,000 for Local Non-Profit Agencies

The 2014 City of Auburn Employee Giving Campaign collected more than $40,000 in pledges and donations that will be distributed between local non-profit agencies. Each winter, Auburn employees come together for a large scale giving effort to support United Way of King and Pierce County and also hold events to raise funds for local non-profit human services agencies. This year the group decided to support Christ Community Free Clinic and The Auburn Food Bank.

Throughout the campaign, employees were asked to pledge through payroll deduction, several departments held fundraising events and then capped off the effort with a silent auction in early December. Overall, pledges equaled about $25,000, department events netted $4,500 and the silent auction set a new high at just over $8,500.  More than 200 area businesses and individuals contributed items to be auctioned at the annual event.

“This effort is supported community wide by our businesses that so generously donate money or products for our events,” says Mayor Nancy Backus. “It is the enthusiasm of our employees to support the city they work in that makes me so proud of Team Auburn!”

This year the team was led by Melissa Medisch of the IT department. “So many of my coworkers sacrificed their time and their own money for our amazing campaign,” she says. “This was such a great committee to serve on as a first year employee.”

Mayor Nancy Backus helped employees present the checks to the recipients on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Auburn City Hall. In all each agency received almost $6,700. The rest of the funds will be allocated to their pledged charities.

“We are so grateful to the City of Auburn employees for this,” said Ginny Gannon, Executive Director of Christ Community Free Clinic. “This will allow us to help more people that really need it.”

Debbie Christian, Executive Director of The Auburn Food Bank was equally thankful, “All of the non-profits work so closely in Auburn. It is that close relationship that allows us to help so many more people get the services they need.”

2015 Giving Campaign

Photo: L-R: Kathy Divelbiss (Police), Kjerstin Lange (Parks), Melissa Medisch (IT), Debbie Christian (Auburn Food Bank), Mayor Nancy Backus, Janelle Tarasewicz (HR), Ginny Gannon (Christ Community Free Clinic), Michele Weiss (M&O), Jim Westhusing (Parks)