Pacesetters raise nearly half of $1.7 million goal


United Way campaign co-chairs Miss Piggy (Lori Massman) and Kermit the Frog (Andy Fechtel) enjoy Jake Green’s take on the Swedish Chef character during Thursday’s Community Campaign Kickoff at Capitol Plaza Hotel.

United Way campaign co-chairs Miss Piggy (Lori Massman) and Kermit the Frog (Andy Fechtel) enjoy Jake Green’s take on the Swedish Chef character during Thursday’s Community Campaign Kickoff at Capitol Plaza Hotel. Photo by Julie Smith.

Miss Piggy was the brunt of beauty queen, ham and bacon jokes Thursday at the United Way of Central Missouri’s Community Campaign Kickoff at Capitol Plaza Hotel.

But Miss Piggy, played by campaign co-chair Lori Massman, was a force to be reckoned with.

The Muppet character, clad in a blonde wig and feather boa, retaliated with a few one-liners of her own.

She and Kermit the Frog announced the agency’s pacesetter campaign total of $809,776.

Massman as Miss Piggy and Andy Fechtel playing Kermit the Frog, are this year’s Community Campaign co-chairs.

The “fun” theme of the campaign is The Muppets and the goal is to raise $1.7 million for the United Way of Central Missouri and its 24 partner agencies.

The official theme of the campaign is “You can make dreams come true by supporting the United Way.”

“We’re off to a great start, and I want to thank our pacesetters,” said Ann Bax, president of the United Way of Central Missouri.

Bax was dressed as Fozzie Bear, a Muppet comedian, known for the phrase “Wocka wocka wocka.”

“We could not do what we do without you,” Bax said to the campaign pacesetters. “We’re going to go out to the community now, and we know the community is going to respond

positively thanks to your help jumpstarting it.”

She said the pacesetters raised nearly 48 percent of the $1.7 million campaign goal.

Twenty-eight area businesses and the United Way partner agencies jumpstarted the campaign as pacesetters in July. Thursday’s kick-off event served as the official start of the campaign.

“Our pacesetters truly make dreams come true in the community,” Bax said. “They get it. They’re like the conscience of the community.”

She said The Muppets are a great theme for the campaign because they truly emulate what the United Way is all about.

“It’s about the community working together to make the world a better place,” she said.

If you would like to learn how you can donate to the Community Campaign, contact the United Way of Central Missouri at 636-4100 or visit www.unitedwaycemo.org.

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