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Verplanks to lead United Way drive

Contributed • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM

The campaign officially launches Sept. 18.

The Verplanks are longtime supporters of United Way, both personally and through successful workplace campaigns at the Shape Corp. family of companies in Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

Tony is president of Pliant Plastics Corp. in Spring Lake. He has served on United Way‘s board of directors and the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg, serving as chairman for both. He also serves on several for-profit boards. Tony earned a B.A. in finance at Michigan State University and an MBA at Case Western Reserve University.

Monica has served as a trustee on various community boards including the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Spring Lake Schools Foundation, Grand Haven Schools Foundation, North Bank Communities Fund and Kandu Inc. She worked as assistant superintendent for instructional services for Grand Haven Area Public Schools. She is a master educator in yoga, meditation and Ayurveda through the Chopra Center for Well-being, and a certified Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Monica has a deep passion for teaching, learning and assisting others in their own self-improvement.

Tony and Monica are no strangers to campaigning, having served as the Lighthouse Leadership Circle co-chairpersons for the north county in the 2010-11 campaign.

The Verplanks lead a campaign cabinet of 30 volunteers from area companies, organizations and agencies who have been working throughout the summer to launch the campaign. Cabinet members are meeting with the heads of nearly 200 major firms, small businesses, professional offices and governmental units in the county to thank them for their past support and lend any assistance they may require in setting up their 2014-15 workplace campaigns.

“We believe our challenge this year is to be strategic in reaching all the people in Ottawa County who can participate in the campaign, because we believe that United Way is the best way for us to come together as neighbors and create effective local solutions to local problems,” Monica Verplank said. “Through United Way, the community asks, ‘Where are the gaps?’ and then collaborates to fill those gaps – whether they are in education, health, financial stability or basic needs.”

Monica will announce the community campaign goal at the Grand Haven Campground in Grand Haven Township at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Hundreds of volunteers will be gathered there for lunch sponsored and prepared by A.D. Bos Vending Service of Holland, with additional donations from Hillshire Brands of Zeeland. This annual volunteer lunch takes place as part of the communitywide Day of Caring, which is the largest one-day volunteer event in Ottawa County.

To give, advocate or volunteer, visit www.ottawaunitedway.org, or call 616-842-7130.


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