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United Way sets $555,000 fundraising goal

Published 6:00pm Monday, August 19, 2013

Lake Martin Area United way is getting off to a fast start in preparation for its 2013 Campaign Kick-Off.
This year’s United Way Campaign Kick-Off will be Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Central Alabama Community College’s Betty Carol Graham Technology Center.
Sharon Fuller, Executive Director of the Lake Martin Area United Way, said this year’s event will include food and door prizes.
“We will have all 23 of our agencies with their displays, and it’s free, but as people enter they will receive a pass and view the agencies before they get a ticket for their Chic-fil-A sandwich,” Fuller said. “They will also be in a drawing for a door prize provided by all the agencies.”
Unique to this year’s Kick-Off will be a Pinewood Derby.
Cars are $50 each with all funds going to the United Way, and can be bought by contacting the United Way offices.
The derby race will take place after a presentation announcing how much money this year’s Pacesetter, KwangSung, has raised toward its goal of $20,000.
“I wanted to do something different, so this year I decided to do a Pinewood Derby. Right now, I have sold about 50 cars, and it’s been great,” Fuller said. “They can decorate their car and have fun. It’s not only just a race. There will be winners for most creative, people’s choice award by dollar vote, and others.”
Fuller said the Campaign Kick-Off starts a fundraising campaign that will run until Nov. 30.
This year’s theme is “Driving for a United Community,” and United Way has set an overall goal of raising $555,000 during the campaign.
Campaign chair Ellen Martin said she’s excited about this year’s goal, and is hoping to exceed it with the help of the community.
“I’m very excited about Kick-Off, and I invite everyone to come out and enjoy it,” Martin said. “We hope to exceed our goal, and we will need everyone’s help to do so.”
The Kick-Off will also present a chance for residents to become more familiar with the United Way’s agencies.

“One of my main points of emphasis is that I want people to see our agencies. The more people learn about the agencies, the more likely they’re going to give,” Fuller said. “Part of the reason people don’t give is that they don’t know where it goes to. Our underlying statement is that all money donated stays here locally. It helps the people here.”
For more information on the Kick-Off event or to purchase a derby car kit, call 256-329-3600.