Reception starts United Way drive by David Lias Joan Louise and Norman Waitt, Sr, parents of Ted Waitt, president and CEO of Gateway Industries, North Sioux City, officially got the ball rolling on the 1999 Vermillion Area United Way Campaign on Sept. 17.
After visiting the "Cow Palace" in Vermillion, the place where Gateway telemarketers assist computer owners with any problems or questions, the Waitts, who have agreed to be honorary co-chairs of this year's United Way campaign, were guests of honor at an evening reception at the W. H. Over Museum.
The reception celebrated the beginning of the United Way campaign by offering those in attendance a "taste" of Vermillion. Nearly every restaurant or eating establishment in town brought samples from their menus, which were served buffet style.
Food was provided by The Cowboy, Pizza Hut, Emma's Kitchen, Silver Dollar, Recuerdo's Mexican/Italian Restaurant, Burger King, Whimp's, Coffee Shop Gallery, Barista's Brew, Dairy Queen, Hy-Vee Deli, Main Street Pub, Player's, Marge's Place, The Prairie Steakhouse, Subway, Jones' Food Center, Taco John's, the Hob Nob, USD Campus Dining, and Leo's.
Beverages were served by the Chesterman Company, Sioux City, IA; Cart Beverage, South Sioux City, NE; the Vermillion Liquor Store, and Al and Shirley Nygaard's Valiant Vineyards.
Jere Chapman, president of the United Way Board of Directors, said it is fitting that the Waitts are helping to lead the 1999 campaign.
"We're pleased to have Gateway in town. Gateway especially takes a lot of effort in their fund-raising for the United Way, and it really helps us to obtain our budget goals," Chapman said. "It helps the agencies that we sponsor. We can be just a little bit more generous now because of everybody's donations."
"We do some work at home with some of the agencies, and I know just how important it is to these people to get the United Way money," Waitt said. "I just want to wish them the best of luck. My wife and I are very honored to be chosen honorary co-chairs."
He admitted that he's had to take some ribbing in recent months after appearing in a Gateway television commercial with his son, Ted.
"All I did was to put my face on the TV," he said. "All of a sudden people think I'm a celebrity, but I'm not. Thank you for being here, I wish you the best for this campaign, and let's make it work."
1999 United Way allocations
These local organizations will receive funds from the monies raised by the United Way in this latest campaign:
Keep Vermillion Beautiful � Provides a public-private partnership to beautify Vermillion through landscaping, clean-up days, public art and other projects.
Vermillion Area Arts Council � Works to improve the community's quality of life through the arts and through education in the arts and special events throughout the year.
Sioux Council Boy Scouts � Brings a comprehensive youth development program for boys and young adults to Vermillion and Clay County.
Center for Children & Families � Community and University program to provide a facility and programs for the care and education of children and families.
Vermillion/Red Cross Swim Lessons � Provides instruction by Red Cross certified instructors to Vermillion area youth.
Clay County Protection Team � Provides parenting workshops, presentations in schools and works to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Clay County Rescue Association � Provides equipment and support to emergency response teams in Clay County.
Vermillion Coalition Against Domestic Violence � Maintains a 24 hour hot line and emergency safe houses for victims and children of domestic violence.
Vermillion Day Care Center � Offers quality and affordable child care to families from all income levels in Vermillion and Clay County.
Vermillion Food Pantry � Offers a safety net to those who temporarily are without resources to feed their families.
Sioux Trails Girl Scouts Council � Helps girls develop into resourceful individuals and provides community service through local care projects.
Dakota Home Based Services � Home Health provides intermittent skilled nursing care and other therapeutic services to individuals and families in their homes regardless of their ability to pay.
Vermillion Community Hospice � Assists terminally ill individuals and their families with physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs regardless of ability to pay.
Senior Citizens Center � Supports activities of senior citizens in Vermillion and Clay County and provides a social center for activities.
SESDAC � Provides services and support to people with development disabilities, enabling them to fully participate in activities and work in the community.
Senior Nutrition Center � Promotes good health for area senior citizens by serving daily meals at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center and by delivery of meals to those unable to leave their homes.
Friends of the W. H. Over Museum � Tells the story of the land and people of South Dakota through museum exhibits and educational programs.
South East Transit � Providing safe, efficient transportation for senior citizens and those with disabilities.
Vermillion Public Library Foundation � Raises funds for special projects of benefit to the community for the Vermillion Public Library.
Big Friend/Little Friend ��Matches qualified adult volunteers as mentors with youth 5-17 years old in a support program.