The United Fund for the Arts and Humanities (UFAH) Names 2019 Campaign Chair Team
The United Fund for the Arts and Humanities (UFAH) is proud to announce three of La Crosse’s outstanding business leaders as our Campaign Chair Team: Pat Heim, senior member at O’Flaherty Heim Egan & Birnbaum Ltd.; Dick Record, Semi-retired and Sales Manager of Mid-West Family Broadcasting; David Reedy, co-owner of Reed Music Studios. These three individuals will funnel their passions and skills for the arts and humanities to increase community involvement and awareness throughout the Coulee Region and achieve increased funds for UFAH’s eleven nonprofit organizations. Every year UFAH is fortunate to have conscientious, diligent and passionate advocates as campaign chairs, board members, volunteers and staff.
“The three of us have lived in this area for many years and have supported the arts and humanities with our time and treasure. Because of this, we strongly believe in UFAH and the support it provides,” said UFAH’s Campaign Chair Team.
About UFAH’s Campaign Chair Team:
Pat is an attorney and senior member at O’Flaherty Heim Egan & Birnbaum Ltd. Pat and her husband, Joe, continually advocate for the betterment of the Coulee region. She is a past president of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and has served on many other community boards.
Our community and the arts are an obvious passion of Dick Record’s as he has invested many hours and philanthropic funds into them. He has spent his career in journalism and broadcasting. He is now semi-retired and is heavily involved in many organizations by volunteering and/or funding.
Deeply ingrained in David Reedy is his enthusiasm for music, the arts, education and the Coulee Region. These passions led him to open Reed Music studios in 1987. This is his second year serving UFAH as he was the campaign chair in 2018. He is also a past president of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and has championed fundraising efforts in the community for many years.
The United Fund for the Arts and Humanities (UFAH) was established in 1983 to ensure a high level of cultural and artistic offerings from its member nonprofit organizations. It provides businesses and community leaders an opportunity to invest in the programs of local arts and humanities organizations in an efficient and effective way.
Community business leaders, whose vision helped create and who continue to promote a united fund to benefit the arts and humanities in our community, understand that a strong arts community makes it easier for companies to attract and keep good people. In addition, new businesses look carefully at the cultural life of a community when considering a move. From the 2015 Americans for the Arts Study, in one year the arts contribute approximately $32.7 million to our local economy and generate 1,100 jobs. Business leaders know that employees want a strong cultural community and businesses benefit from the money spent when audiences attend arts and humanities events.
It is a quality of life issue--when businesses support the arts and humanities, it helps develop pride in our community as a special place in which to live, work and do business.
The member groups of UFAH offer something for everyone. Their cultural undertakings include theater, vocal and instrumental music, dance, painting, sculpture, photography, crafts, storytelling, history, architecture and the graphic arts. On almost any weekend throughout the year, you will find programming offered by one or more of the member groups of UFAH.
UFAH strives to be a good steward. 93% of funds raised are distributed to UFAH’s eleven member organizations: Coulee Chordsmen, Great River Festival of Arts, La Crosse BoyChoir, La Crosse Chamber Chorale, La Crosse Community Theatre, La Crosse County Historical Society, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras, La Crosse Girlchoir, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and the Pump House Regional Arts Center.