Platinum, Gold Sponsors cite unique nature of Community Fund – Sterling Journal-Advocate


Every profitable enterprise particular person is aware of his success relies upon largely on the help of their neighborhood. That’s why main sponsors of the Sterling Community Fund Gala are so desirous to pitch in to assist develop the fund.

Pam Werner of Edward Jones stated her Platinum Sponsorship involvement with the Northern Colorado Foundation and Sterling Community Fund comes from a way of obligation to her hometown and her purchasers.

“I’ve been involved (in the fund) from the beginning because I was born and raised here, and I’ve had a lot of opportunities to grow, so it’s important to give back,” Werner stated.

She defined that the fund’s founders intend to boost a corpus of $2 million, the curiosity of which is able to then be contributed towards neighborhood initiatives. It is, she stated, a “forever fund” that can lengthy outlive those that contribute now. She stated the Community Fund is necessary as a result of it may well assist create issues within the Sterling space that the neighborhood might in any other case by no means have.

“My idea is to have a hiking and biking trail all the way to the (North Sterling) reservoir,” she stated. “That may not happen in my lifetime, but I’d like to see us start on it and have that become a goal.”

In the tip, Werner stated, she does it as a lot for her purchasers as for herself.

“My clients work hard, they love what they do, and they have pride in the community,” she stated. “It’s only right that we do this, for ourselves and for them.”

Steve Meier, regional president of Bank of Colorado, stated the banking agency is a Platinum Sponsor as a result of it matches with the financial institution’s founding philosophy of service.

“We believe in Sterling and Logan County and I think it’s important that we give back to the community,” Meier stated on behalf of the financial institution. “We’ve been profitable locally as a enterprise … as a result of of the oldsters right here.

A member of the Sterling Community Fund founding committee, Meier is enthusiastic about making the neighborhood stronger and extra engaging.

“My goal is to create an environment where our youth want to come back here, they want to live here,” he stated.

A Peetz native, Meier attended Colorado State University, the place he met his spouse, Terri. They moved to Pueblo after school, the place he began his profession. In 1988, he had a job alternative with one other financial institution that introduced him again to Sterling, the place they deliberate to remain for 3 years. Instead, they began a household and determined Sterling was an awesome place to boost children.

“That’s what my hope is, for others who are here and go away: that they have the opportunity to come back and raise their (family),” he stated. “We’re glad we stayed.”

Clayton Unrein, proprietor of Broadway Wine and Spirits, is one other native native who got here again dwelling. The enterprise is a Gold Sponsor of the Community Fund and the gala.

Raised in Fleming, Unrein returned to Sterling in 2004 after graduating from Colorado State University and determined this was the place he needed to boost his household. In 2015 Unrein and Drew Schlup determined to open their very own liquor retailer, changing into the primary in Sterling to open on Sunday. The indisputable fact that Broadway Wine and Spirits is flourishing, Unrein stated, is due to the help from the neighborhood.

When he was approached to sponsor the Community Fund Gala, Unrein stated, he jumped on the likelihood.

“This is a non-profit that benefits everyone in Logan County, not just overt a 10- or 20-year plan, but this is forever, which is awesome,” he stated. “From the moment I was approached to get involved, this was a no-brainer. It affects so many generations down the line, and it’s exciting to be part of something that can really bring northeast Colorado that next level of progress.”

At the Jackson Agency, Rick Jackson defined that his agency’s dedication to the Community Fund and the gala as a Gold Sponsor is barely pure, on condition that the neighborhood has supported the Jacksons for greater than a half-century.

“This community has been so good to me and my family, we don’t just feel a need to give back, it’s such a passion to give back,” Jackson stated. “And this is a great way to do that, because so much of what you give goes directly to fund the things we want to fund to make this community even better.”

Jackson is fast to level out that there are others who give extra than simply cash to make the Foundation profitable.

“Even my monetary contribution is miniscule compared to what the volunteers give, in their time and in their effort,” he stated. “I’m a salesman, but even I find it hard to just go out and ask for money for a worthy cause. These people are so good at that, so willing to go out time after time and ask people to give.”

Jackson’s dad and mom, Perry and Donna, began the company in 1962, so the agency will quickly have fun sixty years of steady service over three generations. Coincidentally, new Jacksons have entered the company in 20-year intervals; Rick joined his dad and mom in 1982 and his son Cory signed on in 2002.