United Way fundraising kicks off

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Eighteen local agencies teamed up with the Pike County United Way to kick off the 2010 fundraising season.

Pike County residents young and old showed up to show their support for the cause, as well.

The event, which was held at the Pike County Cattlemen building Tuesday night, included booths from organizations across the county that benefit from the United Way’s efforts, ranging from the Humane Society of Pike County to OCAP to Easter Seals to the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.

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The booths offered an opportunity for event-goers to learn a little bit more about the organizations that are making a difference throughout the county.

United Way board member Dave Kirby kicked off the event with an opening prayer and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

According Kirby, there were 18 agencies participating in the night’s event.

Event-goers had a variety of entertainment including a children’s corner, Boy Scout’s climbing wall, music from Calvin Bodiford and friends, Redmond’s TKD Karate Center of Troy and First Baptist Church of Troy Puppet Team, as well as refreshments.

The event also included a silent auction coordinated by the Troy United Women’s League, with items ranging from gift baskets to bicycles to photo sessions to condo rentals.

An additional fundraiser included a 50-50 drawing, in which the winner took home half the amount of ticket sales.

“We are having a 50-50 drawing. Tickets are $1 each and the winner wins half of the pot,” said Tonya Gibson, executive director. “The proceeds go to benefit the United Way.”