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National Beef Employees Pledge $189,384.52 to United Way

KSCB News - December 29, 2014 8:11 am

National Beef Packing employees have pledged $189,384.52 to the Seward County United Way for the 2015 campaign. “National Beef employees are the backbone of our United Way campaign. They’ve just contributed 55 percent towards our goal of $340,000. I would hate to imagine what we would do without the National Beef employees,” said Kay Burtzloff, executive director, Seward County United Way.

"We appreciate the hard work that it takes to run such a large campaign. A strong National Beef campaign makes all the difference,” she added.

Currently the campaign totals $273,383.14 or 80 percent with some additional payroll deduction results still expected. The final results will be announced during the Seward County United Way’s Campaign Celebration.

In the past 24 years, National Beef employees have given more than $3 million dollars, according to Burtzloff. “At the end of 2014, they will have given a little over $3.3 million total to the United Way. That’s just an incredible level of community support.”

In 2006, the National Beef campaign came in at $137,767.76. “When you have dedicated people at a business that have been able to increase giving by that much, you know that they are able to see what the United Way and its agencies are able to do in the community,” she said.

“What impresses me is that National Beef donates the staff time and incentives to help make this a successful campaign,” said Susan Lukwago, 2015 Campaign chair. “If you could add that to the total, then their gift this year would probably exceed $200,000.”

The National Beef team for the United Way campaign is headed up by Charlie Osborn and team members include Anahi Valenzula, Denise Flores, Patricia Torres Vasquez, Thomas Liu, Biale Thawng, Mohammad Mohammud, Nohemy Valles, Nancy Gallegos, Maria A. Barragan, Melina Gutierrez, Yesenia Salazar, Regina Chrisler, Anel Lopez, Shafea Abdi, Leticia Flores, Glenda Rojas, Claudia Martinez and Nora Moore. A vast majority of the National Beef employees participate in the campaign. “We are deeply grateful to all the employees at National Beef who support our campaign,” said Burtzloff, “I wish I could thank them all personally.”

The Seward County United Way supported 26 agencies in 2014. For more information, contact Burtzloff at 624-5400 or [email protected] . Information is also available on the web site at The mailing address for donations is Seward County United Way, PO Box 273, Liberal, KS 67905.


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