March 09, 2010 12:00AM
Pittsburg State University is celebrating its 25th year of partnering with area businesses during the 2010 Community Campaign, which kicked off with a breakfast March 9.
More than 30 area businesses were recognized for continually supporting the university since the campaign first began back in 1985. The breakfast, which marks the beginning of the two-week campaign, featured this year's campaign co-chairs: Elaine Castagno, co-owner of Jim's Steakhouse and a financial planner with University Bank, and Mark Werner, president of Citizen's Bank.
"You don't have to look far to see how important the university is to the community," Werner told the crowd of 150 business members and university supporters gathered for the breakfast. "There are a lot of people around the state that would kill to have this kind of economic driver in their community."
The businesses recognized include American Concrete Company; Arma Drug; Bank of America; Bath Naylor Funeral Home; Bob Dittmann Insurance Agency; Brenner Mortuary; Citizens Bank; Coldwell Banker Jim Bishop & Associates; Commerce Bank; Cronister Ace Hardware; Jim's Steak House & Lounge; Jones Heritage, Realtors; Kansas Teachers Community Credit Union; Kiwanis Club of Pittsburg; Lindburg Pharmacy; Loy Law Firm, LLC; M&I Bank; Marrone's; The Medicine Shoppe; Menghini Bros. Distributors; Midwest Minerals; Miller's Professional Imaging; NPC International; Otto's Café; Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company; Pitsco; Pitt Plastics; Ron's Supermarket; Rotary Club of Pittsburg; Rua Insurance Agency; Treble Clef Club; Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers; and Wheeler & Mitchelson.
Not only have those businesses been consistent financial contributors to PSU, but they have also hired graduates, offered internships, and been engaged in the university's cultural and community offerings.
At the breakfast, the Rex Crowley Award was also presented to Wendell and Lynda Wilkinson, longtime supporters of Pitt State who have provided years of service and leadership to PSU and to the community. Both knew Crowley, a Pittsburg banker and one of the first members of the business community to volunteer his time for PSU fundraising, through their individual work in the banking industry.
For more information on giving to the Community Campaign, contact University Development at 620-235-4768.