United Way closing in on goal; casual ‘Jeans Day’ promotion next

United Way closing in on goal; casual ‘Jeans Day’ promotion next
United Way closing in on goal; casual ‘Jeans Day’ promotion next | United Way closing in on goal; casual ‘Jeans Day’ promotion next
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion County’s United Way is gearing up for a busy spring, splitting up its time between raising money and giving away money.
The local agency is within $2,000 of reaching its $75,000 annual fund-raising goal. New United Way chairman Jeff Bennett will be making a presentation to the local Civitan Club later this month and the organization is working on a variety of fund-raising events. Bennett has taken over the reins of the organization from David Harris.
Among the events being planned by the agency are a golf tournament, a tennis tournament, a duck fund raiser and a “Jeans Day” promotion.
The Jeans Day event is set for April 20 and each of the United Way board members was given a packet of stickers that will be sold for $1 each at their workplaces.
Those who buy and wear the stickers will be allowed to wear jeans on that Friday and show their support for United Way.
“I think this is a simple way to raise $1,000,” agency executive director Michelle Creswell said.
“I think they really look good,” she said about the stickers as she passed them out to board members Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Creswell is hoping the fund raiser catches on at local businesses and that workers will consider paying even more than the minimum $1 donation to participate in the Jeans Day project.
Local businesses interested in participating in the Jeans Day promotion can contact Mrs. Creswell at 446-2891 to pick up a packet of stickers.
United Way’s board of directors met Tuesday afternoon to go over one other very ambitious fund-raising project, a possible New Year’s Eve gala. The idea was brought up by United Way board member Lesley Anderson, who said such an event could really help United Way with fund-raising while also providing an entertaining way for local residents to celebrate the holiday.
Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, the agency set April 17 as the date for its annual funding hearings. The hearings will be held throughout the day at the Obion County Public Library, starting at 10:30 a.m.
This past year, United Way of Obion County allocated nearly $56,000 to 23 agencies that serve Obion County. Major benefactors of United Way’s benevolence were such agencies as the Obion County Rescue Squad, the Obion County Ministerial Alliance, Crime Stoppers, the Obion County Literacy Council, the local Office on Aging, Safeline and Salvation Army.
Agencies interested in applying for United Way funding have until April 9 to pick up applications, which are available at the Obion County Chamber of Commerce on Church Street in Union City. Published in The Messenger 3.14.12

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