The United Way of Clay County held its Campaign Kick-off Luncheon for the 2005-06 campaign year. The luncheon was held to introduce the organizations that will be receiving funds from the United Way. The fundraising goal for the year was also announced.
According to George Long, treasurer for the United Way of Clay County, there are four elements to the foundation's success in reaching each year's goal: United Way volunteers who go into the community and collect money, people who donate to the United Way, organizations that distribute the money to those in need and the people in need.
This year's goal is $110,000.
The year's United Way organizations are: Area 7 on Aging and Disabled; American Red Cross, Wabash Valley Chapter; Big Brother / Big Sister; Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council; Clay County Children's Medical Assistance; Clay County Parks Association; Clay County Emergency Food Pantry; Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry; Clay County Literacy Coalition; Clay County Sheriff's Reserve; Clay County Search and Rescue; Clay County Senior Citizens; Clay County Well-Child Clinic; Council on Domestic Abuse; Covered Bridge Girl Scout Council; Family Services Association; Clay County 4-H Council; Southern Clay County Christian Share and Care Food Pantry; Habitat for Humanity; Salvation Army Service Extension; and YMCA of Clay County.
The board members for the United Way of Clay County are: Cheryl Whitted (president), Jennifer French (vice-president), George Long (treasurer), Rick Burger, Kenny Crabb, Jeff Deakins, Kathy Knust, Carolyn Kumpf, Mike Lawson, Lynne Llewellyn, John Lee, Carrie Crowder, Lee Reberger, Todd Pierce, Jay Stevens and Lynn Stoelting.
Keynote speaker of the luncheon was the new Director of Athletics at Indiana State University, Ron Prettyman. Ron recently moved to Indiana from California and says that he is on his way to becoming a Hoosier. Someone told him that he had to do four things to become a true Hoosier: Go mushroom hunting, attend an Indianapolis 500, play basketball and get poison oak. Well he said he has done everything on the list except go to the Indy 500.
Cheryl Whitted and Jennifer French presented awards to Thomas and Thomas Attorneys, Remax Homes and Land, Riddell National Bank and Fifth Third Bank for 100 percent Employee Participation. Local schools received awards for their Education Participation: Staunton Elementary-Gold Star, Forest Park Elementary-Silver Star, North Clay Middle School-Bronze Star. Great Dane Trailers, Spun Metals, Inc. and United Machine and Design received Industry Support Awards.
The 2006 Campaign Video (produced by Allison Koehler) was presented to organization representatives and the audience.