Wells Fargo honors Vilandre with memorial gift to United Way

Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2009

JUNEAU - Kathy Vilandre served on the United Way of Southeast Alaska board of directors from 2004 to 2008, when she unfortunately succumbed to cancer.

Courtesy Of Brenda Hewitt
Courtesy Of Brenda Hewitt

"She was a dedicated leader," said Larry Harris, United Way Board Chair. "She served as our secretary for several years and believed in the United Way mission and this community 100 percent. These funds will allow Kathy's dream of building a strong community come true."

Vilandre served as the United Way campaign chair in 2003 and continued to lead the Wells Fargo corporate campaign in Southeast every year after that.

"You could really credit the strong participation by NBA and later Wells Fargo to Kathy's dedication," said fellow board member Gail Wood, who served with Vilandre during her entire tenure on the board.

She requested upon her death to have donations be made to United Way so her fellow workers compassionately complied with her wishes and Wells Fargo matched those contributions to total a $2,500 check to United Way. Harris said he will suggest that some scholarships to Leadership Juneau be made in her name or another befitting recognition.

"We are indeed grateful for all that both she and Wells Fargo have done to promote community and civic leadership through United Way," Harris said.

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