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Campaign kick-off set

The United Way of Logan County hosts a 2012 campaign kickoff event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, along Court Avenue in Bellefontaine.

Grilled hot dogs and an assortment of side dishes and drinks will be served.

The campaign chair will provide updates, and the 2012 pacesetter companies will report on the early results of their internal campaigns. 

This year’s pacesetters include: Belletech Corporation, Honda Transmission, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Logan County Board of DD, Mary Rutan Hospital and Logan View, Nash Finch Company, Precision Custom Products, Steve Austin’s Auto Group and World Class Plastics.

Jim Donnelly, executive director, noted that the goal for 2012 is to raise $655,000, an increase of approximately 5 percent over last year’s pledges.

“The United Way of the Logan County Campaign kickoff is a call to action to build excitement within the community,” he said in a release.

“Through the generosity of our many donors and the support of our volunteers, together we are able to improve the lives of the residents in our community. We look forward to continuing to build from this foundation and to a successful campaign. Our thanks go out to the community for its continued support.”

Mike Mullins, campaign chair, noted the many services that are offered through 22 United Way-supported non-profit organizations, such as providing meals and clothing for struggling families to equestrian therapy for autistic children, day care for senior citizens, support for the local Red Cross and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and hospice support for terminally ill patients and their families.

“However, we can and should do more,” he said in a release. “We are not able to meet all of the requests from our member agencies and, in some cases, we have had to reduce funding. I believe that we can reverse this trend and provide the kind of support that will help make us a truly caring community.” 

Tammy Allison, the 2012 board president, noted that more than 85 cents of every dollar raised stays here locally to assist with these efforts.

“I assure you that the staff and volunteers are good stewards of the dollars raised. We live and work in this community. We put our hearts and hands into making this community a better place to live.

“We review budgets and interview the agencies to make sure that your contributions are spent on what really matters — impacting community needs to improve lives.”

Direct questions to the United Way office at 130 S. Main St. or call 592-2886.

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