The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

November 18, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: United Way leaders thankful for volunteers, assistance

CLINTON — The 18th annual United Way Fork Some Pork BBQ delivered 926 pork barbecue sandwiches to hungry individuals and served 152 people on site for all you can eat Nov. 1.

It is an all-volunteer event that raises funds for needed community services provided by United Way partner agencies. Many of our volunteers have helped for almost all 18 years and do it cheerfully and willingly. It is fun, interesting to watch and proceeds go for a good cause.

These volunteers and many other people and businesses contribute to making this event a success. They include:

Chris Cain and LyondellBasell for their support and the use of the Employee Recreational Building

The LyondellBasell volunteers for their time to prepare the meat, the “special recipe” beans and other tasks needed to make the event a success

Clinton National Bank for the cups and employees that help make the event a success

Camanche Fire Department for the use of its grill

Colony Brands for the terrific boxes for delivery orders

The Alverno Healthcare Facility for the delicious cookies

Ashford University for their financial contribution

Eastern Iowa Propane for the fuel

Exelon Corporation for its volunteer and financial contribution

Gateway Vending for the potato chips

The Kilburg Family and the Preston Meat Locker

Skyline Center and LyondellBasell for loaning us roasters

Walmart

Zirkelbach’s for the ice

Lynn Todtz and Sterling Federal Bank employees who select this event for their community volunteer project

The United Way Board of Trustees, Campaign and CRB Committee Members, and partner agencies that help with all aspects of the event

All the other volunteers – we sincerely apologize if we missed anyone.

And anyone who purchased meals!

We could not have such a successful event without the outstanding support of the community. It is an amazing fundraiser that seems to turn out differently each year. We apologize for meals that were not delivered quite on time and thank you for being understanding since it is an all-volunteer event. In some respects this fundraiser represents what the United Way is all about: Contributions by members of the community who care enough to get involved and make a positive difference.

Again, thanks to everyone who helped and to the community for its support. Together we can accomplish more than any single group or individual can on its own – one dollar at a time, one meal at a time, one child at a time, one family at a time,

Sincerely,

Tom Moser, President, United Way Board of Trustees            

Travis Flatten, 2013 United Way Campaign Chairman


 

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