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The Shawnee News-Star
  • United Way kicks off 2012 campaign with bus tour

  • A “Get on the Bus” event is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 20, as part of the local kickoff for the United Way Campaign 2012.
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  • A "Get on the Bus" event is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 20, as part of the local kickoff for the United Way Campaign 2012.
    As a way to kick off the start of the annual fundraising drive, organizers with United Way of Pottawatomie County are conducting an interactive bus tour that departs the YMCA parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
    Supporters will tour several United Way-sponsored facilities, including the Salvation Army and South Central Industries, as part of an exclusive tour to see the work accomplished through pledges.
    Kevin Orsak, United Way drive chairman, said during the three-hour tour, the bus will make four to five stops.
    "At each stop, participants will be able to experience what a client experiences," Orsak said.
    And while the bus tour can't stop at all of the 20 partner agencies, when the bus returns to the YMCA about 11:30 a.m., many others will have booths for participants to check out as well.
    For those riding on the bus, Orsak said he and Michael Shaw will serve as emcees as the bus ride has an entertainment theme similar to the Cash Cab TV show.
    Through interactive questions, participants will be able to earn prizes, Orsak said. There are 60 seats on the bus, he said, and so far about 20 of them are reserved.
    "We hope to fill the whole bus," he said.
    This year's campaign fundraising goal is just over $600,000, he said. Orsak said this will be an exciting year as UW has new tools in place to track how dollars are spent and how they benefit each area.
    Once the bus tour concludes, the kickoff at YMCA will include campaign packets and pledge cards being available as part of the kickoff of the annual fundraising drive.
    Ninety-nine cents of each dollar a person donates to United Way of Pottawatomie County stay in the local community and local volunteers decide how funds are allocated.
    United Way of Pottawatomie County supports the following:
    American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Crossroads Smart Start, Family Promise, Family Resource Center in Seminole, Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, Girl Scouts, Heartline 211, Legal Aid Services, Mission Shawnee, Pott. County 4-H, Project Safe, R.S.V.P., South Central Industries, The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army Boys andGirls Club, Volunteer Health Center, YMCA and Youth and Family.
    To RSVP for seat on thebus, contact Audrey Seeliger by e-mail at Audrey@unitedwaypottco.org or by phone at 405-273-4012.
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