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Stacey Graham
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Stickel, Dozono lead 2003/2004 United Way Campaigns
Campaign Chairs Have Long Legacy of Service to the Community

PORTLAND, Ore. - May 20, 2003 - United Way of the Columbia-Willamette has announced that Oregonian Publishing Company's President Patrick Stickel is chairing the annual fundraising campaign for 2003. Azumano Travel President and CEO Sho Dozono will serve as vice-chair, and will Chair the drive in 2004.

"Frankly, we're honored to have two such well-respected leaders heading up this campaign," said Lawrence J. Norvell, president and CPO for United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. "They are committed to our goals of meeting immediate needs and working on long-term solutions to some of our community's most pressing problems - hunger, homelessness, drop out rates and family violence. Sho and Pat are already providing the leadership we need to have a successful campaign in 2003."

Mr. Stickel has served as President of Oregonian Publishing Company since 1993. He has been around newspapers throughout a career that spans more than 35 years. The Oregonian is considered one of the top newspapers in the United States and is the oldest in the West. In addition to his work for the United Way, Mr. Stickel has served on the boards of the Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Salvation Army and the University of Portland Board of Regents, where he received his degree in business management.

"Our community has great needs right now and we all have to pitch in together, get involved and change lives," said Stickel. "CEO's can honor the commitment and character of their employees by running a United Way campaign in their workplace. And they should also have fun doing it."

The campaign begins this summer. Fundraising goals remain high, even in this economy, as community needs continue to rise.

Mr. Dozono joined Azumano Travel in 1975, and has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since 1986. His leadership has made Azumano one of the best-known travel agencies for consumers and businesses in the Pacific Northwest. He serves on numerous boards including the Portland Art Museum, the Museum at Warm Springs, Portland State University Foundation, and was the first Asian American to serve as chairman of the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. In 1996, he led a 30,000 person "March for Schools" and led the "Flight for Freedom," which brought 1,000 Oregonians to New York City for comfort and friendship after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

"I'm already sharing United Way's message with friends and colleagues," said Dozono. "When I was a boy, and our family contributed, I felt like we were important members of the community. I hope we can create that kind of feeling during our campaigns."

United Way helps donors in Oregon and Southwest Washington to invest in community collaborations which change lives through four community priorities. United Way's Changing Lives Agenda provides a plan that features measurable results - focused on developing solutions that meet immediate health and human service needs, while investing in long-term community solutions. The community priorities highlighted in the Changing Lives Agenda are: Community Wellness - promoting health and safety, Helping Hands - getting people involved in their neighborhoods and communities, Successful Kids - helping kids succeed in school and life, and Tools for Living - helping people live independently and with dignity.

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