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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow SPECIAL EVENTS GIVE UNITED WAY SHOT IN ARM


By The Observer

A couple special events in September will earn the United Way of Union County more than $28,000 when matching funds are counted. But even with this shot in the arm, the fund lags behind previous years.

The campaign expects to earn a few more dollars through a hot dog barbecue set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in front of Shopn Kart on Island Avenue. The supermarket has donated all the food, said Dawn Roe, United Way executive director.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to United Way, she said.

As of Monday, the 2002 campaign had brought in $35,000, less than a third of its $112,000 goal. Of the $35,000, $14,266 was raised through new money in a Riding the Line bikeathon, co-sponsored by Williams Pipeline. The giant corporation has agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar the new money raised during the bikeathon and the first United Way Golf Tournament.

The tournament, sponsored Sept. 21 at Unions Buffalo Peak Golf Course by The Observer and Boise Cascade, generated nearly $5,400 for United Way.

Its a little lower than last year, Roe said about pledges and contributions. But thats to be expected in light of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Local needs are important, too, Roe said, pointing out that a dozen Union County agencies cannot complete their charitable missions without United Way funds.

The major donor to the fall campaign so far has been Union Pacific Railroad, with a $10,000 corporate contribution. The railroad employees, usually large donors, are beginning their campaign next week.

Verizon, a telephone company serving the county, has given a $2,500 technology grant to buy a computer for the United Way office.

Other local campaigns are beginning now or will begin soon, Roe said.

Were getting the materials out. We hope to have them all distributed in the next two weeks, she said.

The Union County agencies receiving money from United Way are Shelter From the Storm, $13,000; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), $8,000; American Red Cross, $8,000; Silver Sage Girl Scout Council Inc., $7,300; Elgin Food Bank, $1,500; Union County Search and Rescue, $2,000; Kids Club, $5,500; Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, $13,000; the Salvation Army, $17,600; Mount Emily Safe Center, $4,000; Neighbor to Neighbor, $12,000, and the Health Network for Rural Schools, $2,000.

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