Salvation Army Selects Protiviti Executive to Head this Year's Red Kettle Campaign

Red Kettles hit Chicago metropolitan area streets

James Pajakowski
James Pajakowski
Oct. 18, 2010 – James Pajakowski, executive vice president of Global Risk Solutions for Protiviti and a member of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division Board, is this year’s chair of the Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.The 2010 goal is to raise $12 million. The Salvation Army receives nearly 70 percent of its yearly donations during the Red Kettle Campaign, which continues through Jan. 31, 2011. The funds are used not only to support Christmas programs and services, but also to help The Salvation Army serve those in need throughout the year.The familiar Red Kettles will be on the street and in shopping areas beginning Nov. 19.“I am honored to have been selected to head this year’s campaign,” said Pajakowski, who is based in Protiviti’s Chicago office. “The Salvation Army is the largest direct support and supplier of services to those in need in the Chicagoland area. This economy has meant that more and more individuals and families are turning to the Salvation Army for help. I hope that everyone, who can, will support our efforts. Many people have nowhere else to turn.”Pajakowski, along with WMAQ’s Phil Rogers and Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, will kick off this year’s campaign at the annual Starlighter Dinner, Nov. 2, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for several hundred friends and supporters. This year’s event, “Past, Present, Future”, will highlight stories of several individuals who have been helped by Army’s programs and services.Pajakowski is also a member of Protiviti’s Executive Council. He has more than 25 years of professional services experience, including due diligence, business process improvement, enterprise risk management, financial reporting process improvement, financial investigations and the execution of internal and external audits, working with both public and private companies in various industries. Protiviti is a global business consulting and internal audit firm specializing in risk, advisory and transaction services with 60 offices in 16 countries. Prior to helping found Protiviti, Pajakowski was a partner with Arthur Andersen, where he started his career in 1982.The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division is the largest direct provider of social services in the metro area and serves people in need in Greater Chicago, northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Among the services provided are youth programs; early childhood development services; feeding programs for homeless adults, children and seniors; emergency lodging for families and individuals in crisis; disaster relief; senior housing; and substance abuse rehabilitation programs.For more information about The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division or to donate or volunteer, please visit www.salarmychicago.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-825-2769).

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