The launch of the 2009/2010 United Way Campaign was celebrated at the River Cities United Way/UniSource Luncheon last week at Hotel Brunswick. There were guest speakers and a luncheon was served at the event, which celebrated the merger of United Way of the Colorado River Region with River Cities United Way. Bill De Julio of UniSource presented eight non-profit organizations with grant funding from UniSource's Grants That Make a Difference program. Standing in the photo are UniSource employees and representatives of the organizations that received grants. They include Dianna Thornton of Havasu for Youth, Melissa Cornelia of Cornerstone Mission Project Inc., Betty Kahlor of Kingman Area Food Bank, Nancy Rutherford of NAU Foundation Inc. on behalf of Civic Service Institute at NAU, Senior Corps Program, Ivy Minnie of Sarah's House, Eric Wolverton of St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and Teresa Reaume of Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center. American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter also received a grant. United Way services were brought to Kingman more than 16 years ago under the leadership of Penny Renfro, former executive director of the UWCRR, now senior vice president of River Cities UW. Gene Apedaile continues as president/CEO of River Cities. Over the past 16 years, United Way workplace campaigns have raised more than $1.1 million for dozens of Kingman non-profit agencies. For more information on United Way, call Priscilla at (928) 303-3912.