United Way names 2017 campaign chairpersons

Representatives from Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex, Dow St. Charles Operations, Beaed of Louisiana and Child Advocacy Services are serving as chairpersons for the 2017 United Way of St. Charles Fall Campaign.

This year’s co-chairs are Brett Woltjen, general manager of Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex; Johnny Chavez Jr., site director of Dow St. Charles Operations; Jodie Doucet, general manager of Beaed of Louisiana, and Angela Golden, prevention services coordinator for Child Advocacy Services.

Woltjen said Shell is “continuing our legacy of dedication and giving back to this community, which has supported us in so many ways over the last 85 plus years.”

United Way conducts a fundraising campaign every fall to develop resources for support agencies and programs providing direct services in the parish. The campaign is held August through December.

Chavez also said, “It is not enough for me to be a part of a great company doing business in St. Charles Parish, I want to be a part of our community. This is one way I have to do that and cherish the opportunity. Our site had a record breaking year last year for overall contributions to the United Way, yet we are not satisfied, we want to do even better in 2017.”

The campaign officially kicks off with the 2017 Battle for the Paddle Gumbo & Jambalaya Cook-off on Oct. 5 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The popular event is relocating for 2017 to the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling and is open to the public.

Doucet said, “During my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with several United Way campaigns in different parts of the country. In my experience, St. Charles Parish contributors, partner agencies and participants are the most generous and appreciative of any.”

Campaign funds raised 2017-18 will provide support to 30 Partner Agencies and more than 100 programs directly impacting the residents of St. Charles Parish.

Golden said she is thrilled to partner with United Way of St. Charles as a 2017 Campaign co-chair.

“I feel great responsibility to represent the amazing work that UWSC has done and continues to do in the community,” she said. “As an employee of a partner agency, I have seen firsthand the impact of their programs and use of contributions to benefit the community.”

Golden said programs like Get Fit United, events like the annual Youth Rally and more continue to show how dedicated UWSC is to building and empowering people and families in St. Charles Parish.

“It is such a privilege to be a part of this campaign season as a representative of Child Advocacy Services and United Way of St. Charles,” she said. “It is my hope to advocate for recipients and ensure donors are confident in the transparent use of their donations.”

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