Vaughan named honorary chairman for United Way campaign

Joe H. Vaughan is returning to his roots in Wyandotte County this fall as the honorary chairman of the United Way of Wyandotte County’s 2014 campaign.

Vaughan grew up in Wyandotte County and is a graduate of the Kansas City, Kan., Public School System and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

“We are happy to have Mr. Vaughan as our honorary campaign chairman,” said Wendell Maddox, president-CEO of the United Way of Wyandotte County. “He has a great history of service to his community and will bring a unique skill set and perspective to our upcoming campaign.”

Graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Vaughan was a broadcast journalist in the Midwest until 1990 when he founded Joe Vaughan Associates, a publishing services company.

Since then he has published “coffee table” books for the 50th anniversaries of several Johnson County municipalities as well as monthly newsletters and other publishing services. For more than a decade he has been a guest lecturer for KCKCC’s Regional History class. Invested in the communities that surround him, Vaughan received numerous community services awards for the work he has done on multiple boards and associations.

Vaughan is excited about United Way of Wyandotte County’s annual campaign coming up this fall which has recently announced its 2014 campaign theme “Live Heroic.”

“It’s an honor to be on the United Way of Wyandotte County team,” Vaughan said. “With all of the funding cutbacks at the state and federal level, it is more important in 2014 that folks support the campaign. Lots of folks in Wyandotte County need the United Way now more than ever!”

United Way of Wyandotte County will kick off its Live Heroic annual campaign with its annual kick-off luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the KCKCC Technology Center. United Way encourages the community to support the Wyandotte community by attending this luncheon or by donating to the Live Heroic campaign. Further information can be found at the United Way of Wyandotte County website, www.unitedway-wyco.org or by calling 913-371-3674.

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