Hundreds of people flocked to the Vermillion High School Commons to take part in the United Way's annual "Taste of Vermillion," and to learn about the goals of the program for the coming year.
Not surprisingly, as the needs of the local United Ways partner agencies increase, the organization sets the bar just a bit higher in terms of raising money.
For 2007, the Vermillion United Way hopes to raise $90,000.
"This is our largest goal to date, and we feel confident that the community of Vermillion will make that goal a reality," said Mary Merrigan, president of the United Way of Vermillion.
Merrigan noted that the local United Way has been a leader in raising both individual and corporate investments that are, in turn, used to make a difference in people's lives.
For example, a simple gift of only $2 per week could provide:
- Affordable swim lessons for 15 children.
- School supplies for five children.
- Nutrious meals delivered to a homebound senior each week.
As people dined in the relaxed setting of the school commons, they also conversed with friends and with members of the United Way of Vermillion Board of Directors.
They include Bob Fuller, the new executive director of the United Way of Vermillion; Deb Christensen, Bank of the West; Cathy Cowell, SESDAC; Mark Froke, Vermillion School superintendent; Marcia Harnois, USD; Maryln Harnois, retired; Laura Hollingsworth, First Dakota National Bank; Dan Kenton, Pamida; Lisa Ketcham, Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce; Bruce King, USD; Art Mabry, city of Vermillion; Jon Robertson, Cherry Street Grille; and Tom Stogsdill, USD Foundation.