2020-21 Campaign Co-Chairs Melissa Holmquist and Andrew LaCombe

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The United Way of Marquette County introduces this year’s campaign co-chairs: Melissa Holmquist and Andrew LaCombe.

Melissa Holmquist is the Chief Executive Officer of Upper Peninsula Health Plan, where she has been employed for over 18 years. A native of Crystal Falls, Holmquist moved to the Marquette area to attend Northern Michigan University, where she obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. She serves on numerous local, state, and national boards including Invest UP and the Marquette County Economics Club.

“I am honored to serve as a United Way Co-Chair for the 2020-2021 season. I believe in the mission of the organization and am excited to lend my voice to help them further their goals and continue to provide critical funding to a variety of worthy community-based organizations.”

Andrew LaCombe is the assistant news director and Morning News co-anchor at TV6. He volunteers on boards for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, U.P. Children’s Museum, Salvation Army of Marquette County and Friends of Camp Batawagama. LaCombe is a member of the Marquette West Rotary Club and plays cello in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra. It’s his second year as a campaign co-chair.

“The United Way of Marquette County reaches so many different aspects of our community,” LaCombe said. “It’s an honor to play a small role in helping spread the message to meet the needs of our neighbors and friends.”

This year’s fundraising campaign will kick off on September 21, 2020 and will involve United Way’s media partners, who contribute a great deal of publicity for the good of the community.  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.