Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Live United Softball Classic raises funds for Education Initiative

Darke County United Way hosted the Annual Live United Softball Classic in October at Stebbins Field. Five teams came out to play in the coed softball tournament to support the local United Way’s Education Initiatives.

Save 2nd Base was the winning team, with Hot Rods and Harleys as the runner-up. The United Way also welcomed teams from Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank and PolyOne Corporation.

The event raised over $1,300, and Greenville Federal’s team also did a special jeans and t-shirt day fundraiser at the bank leading up to the softball event, donating an extra $120 to the event.

The Darke County United Way would like to thank the following people and businesses for their support and donations to make this event a success including: all of our teams and players, Stebbins Field crew and our umpires, our committee of Melissa Mansfield, Debby Folkerth, Corey Eagle and Brian Beam, McDonalds, Doug Shields Investments, Oscreen, Spirit Medical Transport, Taco Bell, Burger King, Columbus Crew, Cincinnati Zoo, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Bengals, Scene 75, YMCA, University of Dayton, Columbus Zoo, Wright State University, COSI, Xavier University, Cincinnati Reds, Holiday World, and JT’s Brew and Grill.

The Darke County United Way is coming close to wrapping up the fall campaign in mid-December. The campaign goal of $375,000 is a hefty goal and the board is very thankful for so many wonderful individuals and businesses in this community that are working together to help Darke County United Way meet this goal. If you would like to donate please send donations to Darke County United Way, PO Box 716, Greenville, OH 45331, or donate online at www.darkecountyunitedway.org. “Your gift is important to the mission of Darke County residents working to increase the capacity to care for one another. These gifts stay in Darke County and go to helping neighbors in their time of need, whether it be health related, educational based to strengthen and build the future leaders of Darke County, or providing income stability - especially during this time, when families are in need of food, clothing and heat. Your gift provides hope for the future. There is no greater gift than to help another in need,” states Lauren Henry, Executive Director of United Way. Donations go to help residents in Darke County through the following programs: Education - Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Council on Rural Services (CORS) Gateway Youth Programs, CORS-Achievement Center for Educational Success, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Stuff a Bus, Income Stability programs - Red Cross, Community Action Partnership (CAP) Emergency Homeless Shelter, Supportive Housing, Community Unity, YMCA Financial Assistance, FAME, FISH Choice Pantry, Grace Resurrection Community Center, Bridge the Gap, & Health Programs - Cancer Association of Darke County, Catholic Social Services, CAP Medical and General Senior Transportation, Community Services for Deaf FSA, CORS Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Midwest Ohio Recovery and Wellness, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, SafeHaven, Inc., State of the Heart Hospice Bereavement programs, and Familywize Prescription Drug Discount Program. Community Fund recipients include: Scout Camperships, Salute to Military Families, Camp BEARable, and Greenville Girls Softball Association.

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