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United Way of Lamar County jumped into its 2013 campaign with a community block party, Saturday.
“It’s our way to tell the community how we’re using the money they donate and the organizations we support,” Executive Director April Carl said. “It’s the whole community coming together to kick off our campaign.”
The campaign aims to raise $535,000 this year and runs through the end of October.
“All of that stays here in our community,” Carl said.
Boy Scouts helped direct parking. Once attendees arrived, they had a variety of things to do, including getting a free hot dog, looking at emergency response vehicles and playing on bounce houses. A mud volleyball tournament was also held near the fire department training tower. Former New York Giants player Keith Davis and NFL free agent Dominic Miller came in as motivational speakers.
The United Way and many of its supported agencies had displays set up in and around the Coliseum. The agencies for 2013 include:
United Way volunteers wearing black T-shirts with “Live United” in white letters could be seen serving hot dogs, helping attendees or carrying out other duties, such as circulating with signs directing people to the live music on the main stage.
This year marked the second for United Way’s kickoff party. It took over the event from the diversity task force, which had held the party four years prior. With somewhere around 2,000 in attendance, Carl described the turnout as “fabulous.”
“The United Way wanted to make our campaign kickoff more exciting,” she said. “All of our sponsored agencies, as well as our first responders – police, fire, EMS – they’re all here.”
By Jeff Parish, eParisExtra