RACINE COUNTY — The Salvation Army has named SC Johnson Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson as its honorary 2017 Kettle Campaign chairman.
Johnson was chosen by the local Racine Salvation Army Advisory Board because of his “compassionate leadership style and passion for the Racine community,” according to a news release from the organization.
In 2016, during the last two Saturdays preceding Christmas, first SCJ, then Johnson himself, matched all donations collected. His leadership spurred the community to give a record Christmas Eve day total of $12,731.69 for the 125-year-old Racine Red Kettle Campaign. Including a third match day offered by an anonymous donor, the Salvation Army totaled $36,492.61 in kettle donations.
Last year the Salvation Army had hoped to raise $290,000 during the campaign, and it ended on Dec. 31 with $301,194.31.
This year’s Kettle Campaign goal is $305,000.
The campaign is held annually to collect funds to help the less fortunate keep a warm place to live and have access to emergency food and clothing.
In addition, The Salvation Army operates a year-round community center at 1901 Washington Ave. for children and seniors to have access to nutritious hot meals and recreational programs.
The 2017 Red Kettle Campaign will begin Friday and continue through Dec. 23. The organization continues to receive checks in the mail through Dec. 31, said local Salvation Army Major Ken Nicolai.
Kettles staffed with the traditional bell ringers will be in front of 21 retail locations throughout the Racine area. Bell ringing volunteers are needed and can schedule a time and location by contacting The Salvation Army at 262-632-3147 or by sending an email to Marcia_Dilbeck@usc.salvationarmy.org.