TERRE HAUTE -- The fourth United Day for United Way proved to be a success, raising more than $28,000 for the United Way of the Wabash Valley.
On Friday, Jan. 22, Gary Morris, Marla Flowers, Rick Burger and Troy Fears survived 24 hours on the roof of Baesler's Market in support of United Way.
"The community spirit that was displayed on United Day for United Way was remarkable," Burger said. "From a little girl bringing up a handful of pennies to put into the donation bucket to a businessman bringing a check for $500, the entire community came together during a time of need."
The United Way campaign co-chairs, incoming board president and executive director took to the roof hoping to raise $24,000 in 24 hours on the one-day final push to help reach the overall $1.8 million campaign goal.
"The overall experience of being a campaign co-chair for United Way of the Wabash Valley has opened my eyes to the huge need in our community," Morris said. "United Day reiterated our community's commitment to help our friends and neighbors in need."
Multiple events took place on United Day in support of United Way of the Wabash Valley. The Wabash Valley supported more than 70 donation locations throughout Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo and Clay counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois, raising $13,000 for the organization.
The festivities at Baesler's included the foursome on the roof as well as numerous local celebrities pumping gas and washing car windows for tips.
Baesler's owner Bob Baesler discounted gas on the day of the event, giving patrons 6 cents off per gallon and 6 cents per gallon was matched and donated.
"It's difficult to find new or unique fundraising concepts, yet the United Way staff continues to be so creative," Flowers said. "This year, the celebrity gas pumpers event was added as part of the Baesler's rooftop experience for United Day for United Way.
"What a fun way for leaders in this community to give of their time and raise additional funds for such a great cause."
The last component of United Day was Dine United, with 23 local restaurants donating a portion of the sales from their customer's meals to United Way of the Wabash Valley.
The community was also given the opportunity to text a donation if they were unable to get out. The text giving is currently still available by texting UWWV to 85944. Each text message donates $10.