United Way launches campaign

United Way launches campaign With the theme "In the Spirit of Giving," the Vermillion Area United Way formally kicked off its 2002 fund-raising campaign by hosting a "taste of Vermillion." Citizens dined on fine food offered by several of the community's eating establishments. by David Lias With the theme "In the Spirit of Giving," the Vermillion Area United Way formally kicked off its 2002 fund-raising campaign by hosting a "taste of Vermillion."

Vermillion citizens had the opportunity to feast on fine food offered by several of the community's dining establishments at the event, which was held Sept. 25 in the William J. Radigan Fire/EMS Station.

There was something profoundly different, however, about this year's kick-off.

An estimated 300 people attended the event to eat, learn more about the upcoming United Way campaign, and help Americans who are suffering from the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast earlier this month by donating $442.16 to the September 11th Fund.

They came in droves, eager not only for fellowship, but apparently also determined to make sure that the 2002 fund-raising campaign in Vermillion is successful.

The Vermillion Area United Way board of directors' goal is to raise $78,000. The organization's plan is to help the Vermillion community grow stronger and healthier by working with and through non-profit agencies, organizations, government and schools to support and provide programs of health care, education, and social services for youth, seniors and those with special needs.

United Way agencies for 2002 include Big Friend/Little Friend, Center for Children and Families, Clay County Child Protection Team, Clay County Rescue Association, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Dakota Senior Meals, Friends of the W.H. Over Museum, Senior Citizens Center, SESDAC, Inc., Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America, Sioux Trails Girl Scouts Council, Sioux Valley Vermillion Home Care/Hospice and Visiting Nurses Services, South East Transit, Vermillion Area Arts Council, Vermillion Red Cross Swimming, Vucurevich Children's Center, Lutheran Social Services Consumer Credit Counseling and Mental Health Counseling, Vermillion Girls Softball Association and Vermillion Special Olympics.

Barb Campbell is the Vermillion United Way executive director. Officers of the organization's board of director are Phyllis Packard, president, Randy Houska, vice president, and Janis Johnson, secretary/ treasurer.

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