CINCINNATI – United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) is proud to announce that James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel, is serving as Chair of UWGC’s annual fundraising campaign for 2014. As Chairman, Mr. Wainscott has assembled a campaign team comprised of business leaders, nonprofit professionals and community volunteers from across the Tri-State.
The funds raised during the campaign will support achievement of the Bold Goals for Our Region in Education, Income and Health – the three building blocks essential for creating a better quality of life for all.
"I am honored to lead this year’s United Way campaign, and to work with so many great companies, inspirational leaders and compassionate citizens," said Mr. Wainscott. "All of our volunteers are outstanding leaders in their own right, and I look forward to the many contributions each will make to the success of our campaign."
Mr. Wainscott’s theme for the 2014 campaign is "ASPIRE to Greatness" and make greatness happen on behalf of our community. The acronym "ASPIRE" serves to help his team communicate the campaign objectives, which are to:
Achieve the Bold Goals
Set a fundraising campaign record
Participate – be all-in
Inspire others to get involved
Rise to the challenge
Elevate our commitment
"United Way is grateful to have Jim Wainscott spearheading this year’s efforts," says UWGC president Robert C. Reifsnyder. "Under Jim’s leadership, the campaign team will develop and implement strategies that will provide the opportunity for growth in United Way's effort this year."
AK Steel and its predecessor company, Armco, have led Middletown’s United Way campaign several times in previous years. The FORTUNE 500 steelmaker reached a new milestone this year, as 2014 marks the first time in the company’s 114-year history that it has led the Greater Cincinnati campaign.
The 2014 campaign officially kicks off August 27 at noon on Fountain Square. The 2013 campaign raised $61.7 million. The campaign includes Hamilton, Clermont and Brown counties and the Middletown area in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio counties in Southeastern Indiana. It is a fundraising partnership of United Way and the Greater Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross.