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BLOOMINGTON - Employees who run their companies' United Way fund-raising campaigns are more likely to get a visit from a member of United Way's campaign cabinet this year.

Patrick Dienslake was announced Wednesday as chairman of the 2006 United Way of McLean County fundraising campaign.

Dienslake, National City's community bank president for the Bloomington-Normal market, said the number of volunteer members of the campaign cabinet will increase this year. He didn't have a number yet. Last year's cabinet consisted of a campaign chairman, seven division chairs and 21 section captains.

The larger cabinet will mean more people to call on company campaign coordinators and chief executive officers for donations later in the year.

"Face-to-face contact between individuals" is a key to a successful United Way campaign, Dienslake said.

Dienslake is a member of the United Way of McLean County board of directors and was involved in the 2005 campaign chaired by Kevin Marti of Country Insurance & Financial Services.

That campaign, which ended in January, raised a record $4,221,136.

Donations to United Way help to support 47 programs run by 29 local social service agencies, including programs that assist the homeless, people with disabilities, children and families in crisis, and older adults.

"We're looking forward to continuing the momentum from 2005 into 2006," Dienslake said.

Dienslake is an Illinois State University graduate in finance who has 25 years of experience in the banking industry and is involved in community affairs.

"We're trying to change peoples' lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community," he said.


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