The United Way of Pottawatomie County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign with a community dinner and singing competition. The inaugural kick-off event raised more than $16,000 and Keylee Landes took home the top prize in the signing competition.

“This event signals the beginning of our campaign season,” Lindsay Dyer, United Way of Pottawatomie County executive director, said. “Our kick-off brings awareness to our community and reminds community members that it is time to make their pledges for the upcoming year. We’re excited that so many chose to join us for the campaign kick-off this year.”

The event expanded on a successful singing competition, which began the United Way of Pottawatomie County began hosting in 2017. Styled after the popular signing contest The Voice, contestants compete against each other and the crowd chooses the winner. This year the final five contestants were Savannah Cooper, Justin Robins, Keylee Landes, Emily Smith and Emily Day.

Keylee Landes, who was the crowd favorite, is 11 years old and is in sixth grade at South Rock Creek. She enjoys singing, performing and playing volleyball. She is involved in many community related activities and goes to church at IBC.

The annual fundraising campaign officially began August 25th and ends October 31st. During the campaign, staff and board members will schedule rallies throughout the community. Businesses interested in learning more about the United Way can contact Lindsay Dyer at 405-273-4012 or lindsay@unitedwaypottco.org.

“We appreciate the support of our community and we’re interested in having involvement from every company and organization,” Dyer added. “No matter how small the group is, it all adds up to make a difference here where we live, work, and play.”

To find out more about the United Way of Pottawatomie County, visit online at www.unitedwaypottco.org.