QUINCY — A community match donation to the United Way of Adams County could be the spark for the organization as it prepares to launch its annual campaign.
The Richard A. Perritt Family Foundation has agreed to donate $50,000 to the United Way's 2020 "Living United Starts With You" campaign. The donation is contingent on $50,000 in new donations from the community, meaning if individuals and businesses meet or exceed $50,000 in new donations during the campaign, the United Way will receive the donation.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the hope is that the spark will encourage others to donate to support the partner agencies that are supported by the United Way-- many being stretched thin over the last few months because of the pandemic.
Serving as the chairman for the United Way of Adams County's annual campaign last year, Mark Tyrpin saw how the money supports the community.
"I saw money put to work, and that was great to see," said Tyrpin, who is president of Mercantile Bank. "It definitely all goes to a great cause."
The foundation is managed by Tyrpin and his family, and its donation is seen as a way to jump-start the annual campaign and spur donations from those who have never given to the campaign.
"Quincy works because Quincy cares about the community, and the United Way has over 20 agencies that use these funds to help their constituents," Tyrpin said. "It's helping families, helping kids, just helping people."
United Way Executive Director Jeremy Wingerter said the donation is a way for the community to become engaged in the campaign.
"The current financial crisis has proven difficult for many individuals and agencies we serve throughout the year," Wingerter said. "We thank Mr. Typrin for his generosity and invite others to increase their yearly gift to directly help local residents right here in Adams County in the process."
The kickoff for the 2020 campaign is set for Aug. 5 at One: Special Event Venue, 600 Hampshire. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a social hour with cash bar and food provided by Red Light Bar and Grill. The presentation starts at 6 p.m.
Space is limited, and an RSVP or invitation is required. Tickets can be purchased online at unitedwayadamsco.org/startswithyou or by emailing email@example.com.
The campaign will be led by Phillip Krupps, president of wealth management and market president at United Community Bank, and co-chaired by Chuck Scholz, former Quincy mayor and attorney.
"The community match is a thoughtful reminder that our community is better when we invest from within," Krupps said. "We have the utmost appreciation for Mark's family's commitment and example that 'Living United Starts With You.' "
How to donate
Many people can make donations to the United Way's annual campaign through their employer with donations as small as $1 per pay period.
Donations also can be made by going to unitedwayadamsco.org, or by sending a personal check to 936 Broadway, Suite F, Quincy, IL 62301. Those wishing to give also can text "GIVE" to 217-636-5212.