BPU Cents for St. Susan’s Campaign Raises Record Amount, Thanks Community

Sponsors and BPU employees gathered on the Riverwalk at the utility to celebrate a record-breaking, successful “Cents for St. Susan’s” campaign.

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Jamestown Board of Public Utilities

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) organizers and major donors met on July 13 to announce that the 24th annual “Cents for St. Susan’s” reached a record total amount of $32,508 raised, up from $26,693.15 in 2022.

The BPU yearly campaign has collected $340,119.54 in donations for St. Susan Center since 2000.

“We are overwhelmed by this record amount raised in our 24th annual campaign to help St. Susan Center,” said BPU General Manager David Leathers. “We never know how the community will respond to our drive each year. This year, we are amazed by the number of recurring gifts, along with new donations and increased contributions.”

Leathers thanked major sponsors of the campaign including Judy & Steve McAllaster, Chautauqua Chemicals Company, Robinson Law Office, PLLC, Asplundh, Boyles Motor Sales, Century 21/Turner Brokers, Dan & Connie Evans, Falconer Printing & Design, Inc., Kwik Fill, The Legend Group with Lou Deppas, National Fuel, Northwest, Robbins and Johnson Attorneys, Shults Auto Group, Slone-Melhuish Insurance, Weinberg Financial Group and Wright, Calimeri, PLLC Attorneys. The Media One Radio Group and The Post-Journal contributed extensive publicity as media sponsors.

Leathers noted that the hot dog sale at the BPU’s Customer Service location raised $1120.08 which was also a record for the annual sale. Canister contributions totaled $1400.00 and redeemable bottles and cans brought in $426.65.

BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins, who organizes the campaign, added, “We are so gratified by the entire Greater Jamestown Community members and thank them for coming forward to help the soup kitchen and its guests. Whether it was a monetary contribution, hot dog purchase or gift of redeemable bottles and cans, we all joined together to support St. Susan Center and its guests! Thank you.”

“St. Susan Center is so thankful to the generous sponsors of the 2023 BPU “Cents for St. Susan’s” campaign!” stated St. Susan Center Executive Director Cherie Rowland.
“Some of these sponsors have supported this campaign since 2000. Thank you also to all those businesses who kindly allowed us to place the yellow coin canisters at their locations.”

“St. Susan Center has served nearly 24,000 meals at this point in the year,” Rowland said. “We are so grateful to the Jamestown BPU and to this community for its support of St. Susan Center.”

“We live in a community of people who care a great deal and make certain that the necessities of life are provided to those in need,” continued Leathers. “We thank all the contributors who supported the drive this year and all the local businesses that furnished counter space for our many coin canisters. Thank you so very much.”