Monday, September 03, 2001

Warren charity drive sparked




By Nancy Young
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — Warren County's United Way campaign officially kicks off Tuesday, but several companies are awell into fund-raising activities.

        Car washes, carnivals, pet contests and silent auctions are just a few of the methods being organized by Mitsubishi Electric and GE Card Services of Mason, Sam's Club of Deerfield Township and Abilities First of Middletown.

        The early fund-raisers are part of the campaign's Pacesetter Drive.

        “These companies are well-organized and on their way to successful campaigns,” said Pacesetter co-chairman Tom Bloom of Basco in Middletown. “Staff members have been eager to get started, and their efforts are paying off.”

        Sam's Club has offered payroll deduction to its 150 employees to raise money for United Way. Volunteer coordinator Debbie Kroener expects more than $2,000 in donations.

        Bruce Gilmore is leading GE Card Services' campaign.

        A silent auction, bingo, pet show and carnival have raised money.

        “We also host a manager car wash, hold book and video sales, and offer food tasting events,” Mr. Gilmore said. “Proceeds from a daily snack cart go to the campaign, too.”

        GE Card Services employs 800 people.

        Mitsubishi Electric's creative ideas include a DVD raffle, split-the-pot and a pet/owner look-a-like contest.

        The company also has an annual Mitsubishi car show, together with an antique dealers' flea market to benefit United Way.

        A three-on-three basketball tournament is Oct. 6. Billie Schatzle, assisted by Beth Muncy, leads the company's campaign.

        A campaign kick-off ceremony will be at noon Tuesday at the Marriott Northeast.

        Ohio Rep. Tom Raga, R-Mason, will be the keynote speaker.

        Warren County residents who work outside the boundaries can request their donation go to Warren County organizations.

        A designation/donor option card can be requested from employers, or interested residents can call the United Way office in Lebanon at 513-932-3987.

       



Respect at core of police debate
Summer goes out with bang
Turfway future in doubt
Tourism takes a beating
Warren Co. bucks tourism decline
RADEL: Order local mustard for ballpark
Auditor objects to dog fee increase
Mantises preying on bug bonanza
Mayoral long-shot hones message
Cheetah Run helps families bond
Chesley settlement in hip suit challenged
Labor Day closings
Local Digest
You Asked For It
Congrats
Corn mazes a money maker
Fairfield unveiling new library
- Warren charity drive sparked
Attorney selection changing
Campbell High reuniting grads
Carrollton man dies in wreck
GOP left with one opponent to Lucas
Group attacks road congestion
Prayers focus on healing
Test fails to link slave, justice
Boyz II Men singer weds ex-Toledoan
New dorm is preview of campuses' future
Protein images examined
Skydiver returns after accident
UK student killed in apartment fire