By IVY HERRON
The 2006-07 United Way of Clay County Campaign started with the annual kick-off luncheon at the Presbyterian Church Friday.
The luncheon is a way to announce the $111,700 goal for the year and introduce the 23 organizations that will receive funds from the United Way.
Mayor Tom Arthur, keynote speaker for the luncheon, took the opportunity to discuss the importance and benefits of "free-will" giving.
Arthur used the story of a little boy throwing one of a thousand starfish that had washed upon the beach back into the sea to explain the importance of giving and United Way's purpose to the community.
"Give of yourself without looking at the broad picture, seeing the needs of the thousands of starfish, give for the one," he said. "Give so we can impact the life of the one starfish in need."
President Jennifer French and Vice President Carrie Crowder presented 100 percent Employee Participation awards to Riddell National Bank, Remax Homes and Land, Thomas and Thomas Law Offices and Miller and Stewart Accounting. Fifth Third Bank, not in attendance, was also recognized for their 100 percent Employee Participation award.
Lynn Stoelting accepted the awards for Education Participation on behalf of Clay City Jr./Sr. High School-Gold Star, Forest Park Elementary-Silver Star, Clay City Elementary School-Bronze Star.
Great Dane Trailers, United Machine and Design and Spun Metals, Inc. were recognized for the Industry Support Awards.