United Way 2018-19 Co-chairs

2018-19 Campaign Co-Chairs
Shawn Beckman and Glenn Sarka

The United Way of Marquette County introduces this year’s campaign co-chairs: Shawn Beckman and Glenn Sarka.

Shawn Beckman has lived in the Marquette area almost all her life, graduating from Marquette Area Senior High School and earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Northern Michigan University in 2005.   She works as Manager of River Valley Bank on Third Street in Marquette.  Beckman has served on United Way’s community investment panels and been a member of the PR/Marketing Committee at United Way.

Glenn Sarka has a legal background, and in addition to serving as Assistant Prosecutor in Marquette County, he spent several years overseas, working on legal reform issues in such countries as Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Iraq.  He is now in private practice in Marquette.  Sarka has served on United Way’s community investment panels as well.

 This year’s fundraising campaign kicked off on September 6, 2018 with a 75th Anniversary Kick-off event attended by many community leaders and donors, as well as the United Way’s media partners, who contribute a great deal of publicity for the good of the community.  United Way partner agencies will share a table at the event to share what they do. 

 The Co-chairs have set a campaign goal at $400,000, but hope to raise much more this year.  Letters, pledges and campaign materials will be mailed and dropped off to individuals and businesses all over Marquette County offering everyone the opportunity to join the cause.


Campaign Coordinator, Sue Minckler, and/or the co-chairs will be happy to schedule a visit to any workplace or organization that would like a 15 minute presentation to learn about the United Way of Marquette County. 

For more information, please call the United Way of Marquette County at 906-226-8171.