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August 18, 2010

United Way plans family event to begin fundraising

CLAREMORE — Rogers County United Way will kick off its annual fundraising effort a new way this year.

Campaign chair Ryan Neely and his committee are planning a family outdoor event Thursday, Sept. 16, from 7:30-9 p.m., at the NeMar Center parking lot.

Local band “The Vikings” will perform and there will be face painting, clowns, magicians and more. In addition to the carnival atmosphere and entertainment, RCUW agency directors will be on hand to distribute literature on the services they provide to area residents. They will also be giving testimonials throughout the evening.

Sponsors for the kick off include 1st Bank Oklahoma, Melton Sales, RCB Bank and Neely-Barstow.

This year’s goal of $475,000 has been given a jump start with its Trailblazers: Taylor, Burrage, Foster, Mallett, Downs & Ramsey Law Firm, Claremore Daily Progress, Suburban Chevrolet, 1st Bank Oklahoma, Summit Physical Therapy, and Grand Bank.

Several fundraising events already have been slated, including the Chocolate Affair on Oct. 7; Golf Tournament on Sept. 17; and the Holiday Boutique, Nov. 12-13.

RCUW benefits 27 agencies throughout the county that depend on funding received from the annual campaign.

“If it were not for the efforts of volunteers who work tirelessly on the campaign many of these agencies would not be available to our neighbors who need assistance,” said Donna Ross, executive director. “This year’s campaign theme says it best, ‘Live United — Need Never Sleeps.’” 

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