By Jack King
With help from local residents, businesses and agencies, the Curry County United Way is well on its way to achieving its goal for this year’s fund raiser, United Way executive director Erinn Burch said Wednesday.
But, there’s still a little way to go, she said.
United Way’s goal this year is $375,000 and it has collected $289,620.61 so far, Burch said.
Burch said United Way has set a loose deadline of Dec. 1 for those interested in contributing, although it accepts contributions through the end of the year.
She said a number of individuals and groups in the county already have made substantial contributions.
“Plains Regional Medical Center gave us a generous check at 2 p.m. today in the hospital cafeteria,” she said.
Hospital Administrator Brian S. Bentley said Plains Regional employees collected $39,464.39 for the United Way.
“I was extremely pleased to see how all the hospital’s staff pitched in to find ways to raise the money,” he said. “Each department took on the task of finding a way and they made it a competition. They did bake sales, a silent auction, raffles and sold dinners by the plate.”
Burch said Barbara and Lonnie Allsup contributed $10,000 Wednesday, making them members of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, a membership reserved for especially generous individual contributors. They are Curry County’s first such members, she said.
On Saturday the Women’s Initiative Network will hold a holiday fashion show and champagne brunch to raise more money for the United Way.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. at K-Bob’s banquet facility. Seats at the banquet are $25 each or $175 for a table of eight. The deadline for purchasing tickets is noon Friday, Burch said.
Fashions for the show are provided by Cato’s Fashions, Freeman’s Bridal Shop and Formal Wear, Horse Feathers, Sheila’s Ladies’ Apparel, Stephanie’s Sterling and Stitches, Tankersley’s, Windrush and Alpacas clothing, she said.