JAMESTOWN — The 21st Annual Cents for St. Susan’s Campaign, by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, raised $18,399.15 to help fund the soup kitchen.
“We are grateful to these wonderful donors and to the Jamestown BPU for its efforts to raise funds for our soup kitchen,” said St. Susan Center Executive Director Bonny Scott-Sleight. “This year’s challenges led us to a new method of providing meals, serving approximately 157 people a day. We made and packed carry-out meals for our guests and it has worked well. I want to extend heartfelt thanks to those contributors who assisted us in meeting our goal of feeding all who come to St. Susan Center for our help.”
During the 21 campaigns, the BPU has raised $253,335.54 for St. Susan’s.
BPU and St. Susan Center personnel were on hand for the announcement, to thank major sponsors for going above and beyond this year, to help the soup kitchen financially during the Pandemic. Such donors included: Judy and Steve McAllaster at the $3,000 level; KeyBank at the $2,000 category; and Kwik-Fill and Chautauqua Chemicals Co., Inc. at the $1,000 level.
Sponsors of $500 included; Boyles Motor Sales, Century 21/Turner Brokers, Dan and Connie Evans, Falconer Printing and Design, Inc., FreedMaxick
Accountants, Heritage Ministries, The Legend Group with Lou Deppas, National Fuel, Northwest Bank, Shults Auto Group, Slone-Melhuish Insurance, Weinberg Financial Group, and Wright, Wright and Hampton Attorneys.
BPU General Manager David L. Leathers thanked the sponsors as well as those people in the community who donated.
“We appreciate so much the continued, noteworthy support of our major sponsors to the BPU fund drive,” Leathers said. “Our annual campaigns are one way in which we can assist our local residents and customers. We are pleased that we surpassed the $18,000 level, thanks to these incredible people and companies as well as to members of the public who mailed in checks to help us this year.”
BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins, who organizes the drive, said “Although we were unable to conduct a regular campaign due to Coronavirus restrictions, we feel more than fortunate that we were able to provide a little more than $18,000 to St. Susan Center. Thanks to all contributors who made that happen.”
The bulk of this year’s gifts came from the major sponsors, according to Robbins, but redeemable soda cans and bottles brought in nearly $1,000 and a coin canister in one local restaurant totaled $970.