Athletes raise money for Trae

On Saturday, April 27, KT3 Fitness in downtown Fulton hosted a benefit for local Fulton High School athlete Trae VanZuiden and his family in an attempt to alleviate the stress of medical bills. Trae was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and had been receiving chemotherapy for the past couple of months at the Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Athletes were gathered from all around to participate in a high-intensity challenge along with a lift-a-thon in order to raise money. Athletes were paired with a pledger who donated a cent amount per rep or pound (depending on which competition they were competing in). There also was a silent auction and bake sale available for the athletes and spectators. In total, about 200 people were in attendance, and of those, about 50 were competing athletes.

The event was successful as we raised over $4,000! The money will be donated directly to the family, who plans to give some back to the Iowa Children’s Hospital for taking such good care of them through this process. KT3 will be hosting an event similar each year to follow (for a family in need) in order to gather people, have a good time, and raise money for a good cause!

Kyle Huebner,

Albany, Ill.

Thank you for supporting United Way

The staff and I at United Way of Clinton County, Iowa would like to thank to community for participating in our Flowers Just Because fundraiser on April 24. We were able to distribute just over 400 bouquets of spring flowers in two hours. We could not have done so without our fantastic volunteer drivers! Without these volunteers, this would not be possible.

We also would like to extend much gratitude to the following florists who created the flower bunches: Clinton Floral and Clinton Hy-Vee Floral in Clinton, and Flowers on the Side in DeWitt. All the flowers were beautiful! The drivers reported how much the flowers brightened the day of those who received them. Some received them “just because,” as the event states; however, others were because the event also lands on Administrative Professional Day. Of note, alternatives to flowers were available, upon request, for those allergic to flowers or for males who would prefer the recognition be not in flower form.

The proceeds of the event will be placed back into the community to support programs addressing food shortage, homelessness, reading/literacy, leadership skills, mentoring, and counseling. What we collect from monetary donations is distributed through a responsible and accountable manner among 21 various non-profit agencies and organizations within Clinton County, Iowa that focus on health/wellness, financial stability and/or education. Through this partnership we Live United.

Additionally, we also support these agencies and organizations through volunteerism and advocacy to make a difference in our community. If you would like to learn more about what we do and how we do it, call 563-242-1209, visit our website at www.clintonunitedway.org, and/or like and follow our Facebook under United Way of Clinton County, Iowa. Together we fight. Together we win. Let’s all Live United.

Again, thank you so much for your support.

Cheryl McCulloh,

United Way of Clinton County, Iowa, executive director