United Way of Pottawatomie County hosted its annual kickoff Saturday. Keeping in tradition with the past couple years, the local nonprofit again featured a singing competition. The top contestants in ‘The Voice’ competition sang live for attendees at the local campaign kickoff fiesta.

United Way of Pottawatomie County hosted its annual kickoff Saturday.

Keeping in tradition with the past couple years, the local nonprofit again featured a singing competition.

The top contestants in ‘The Voice’ competition sang live for attendees at the local campaign kickoff fiesta.

This year the competition offered two categories: Junior – under 16; and Upper – 17 and up.

“We are excited to feature local talent through our competition,” Lindsay Dyer, United Way director, said.

The evening event offered a street taco-style dinner, a photo booth, and tons of fun, Dyer said.

The nonprofit teamed up again with Matt Johnson, Chef at the Theopolis Club, Dyer said, to create a unique flair for the dinner portion of the evening.

As final numbers for the 2019 campaign trickled in over the summer, she said she is excited to announce that the local United Way reached its goal of $500,000.

“We are so thankful for the generous support of our community and donors to help us reach our goal for 2019,” she said. “This year we added two new partner agencies.”

Through the 2019 Campaign, United Way was able to support 21 Partner Agencies and in 2020 a total of 23 local nonprofits will be supported.

United Way is happy to continue to play a role in that nonprofit community and facilitate the excellent work of our nonprofits, Dyer said.

To make a donation, call the United Way office at (405) 273-4012, visit its Facebook Page or visit unitedwaypottco.org.