United Way off to a good

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2001

start with fund raising effort


Staff Writer

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Feb. 19, 2001 10 PM

Saturday night, Troy State University basketball fans will have the opportunity to win prizes and help local agencies.

Regions Bank, the Pike County United Way and TSU are sponsoring a basketball toss fund raiser that will benefit United Way agencies.

Prior to the game, fans will have the opportunity to purchase numbered balls they will toss from the stands onto the hardwood. Balls will cost $1 and will be sold beginning at 6 p.m., said Jane Thrash, secretary of the United Way.

The lucky person who hits the miniature goal will win $250 from Regions Bank, said Taron Thorpe, who works for the bank and serves on the United Way board.

But, there will be plenty of other winners who will receive things, such as soft drinks, t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Most importantly, Thorpe added, is the money will assist 14 agencies which receive funding from the United Way.

Agencies which receive financial assistance from the United Way include: Alabama Easter Seals, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pike County, Boy Scouts, Colley Senior Complex, East Central Mental Health-Mental Retardation, Girl Scouts, The House of Ruth, Pike County 4-H clubs, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), Pike County Christmas Program, Troy Charity League, Salvation Army and the Pike County YMCA.

"All of this will be used to fund the United Way 2001 Campaign," Thrash said.

As of Monday, the 2001 campaign has garnered over $61,000 in pledges, Thrash said.

The goal for the 2001 campaign is $130,000.

Because the campaign is short of its goal, Thorpe and Thrash are both encouraging TSU fans to come out Saturday night and support the Trojans and the United Way.

Anyone wishing to donate to the United Way can mail checks or money orders to P.O. Box 204, Troy, Alabama 36081.