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United Way sets $370K fundraising goal: Duck Dash sales begin Aug. 1
July 24, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - United Way of Western Nebraska executives announced the agency’s annual campaign goal during last Thursday’s Pacesetter’s Luncheon. From left are Ruben Hernandez, Triniti Burgner, Stephanie Black, Brady Shaul, Carol Gifford and John Marshall.

Over the next campaign year, United Way of Western Nebraska plans to raise $370,000 to help numerous community agencies help those in need.

United Way executive director Stephanie Black introduced board president George Schlothauer and new campaign co-chairs Carol Gifford and John Marshall. “We’re very fortunate to have a lot of talented volunteers,” she said.

Marshall said this year’s goal is realistic and achievable in today’s economy and what the community is able to contribute.

“We have roughly 15 to 20 loaned executives that will help Carol and I achieve that goal through presentations to Pacesetters and other businesses,” Marshall said. “We’ll be doing about 140 presentations for United Way again this year.”

Black said the amount of need in the community continues, regardless of the agency’s goal. “We had 24 groups apply for assistance this year and we were able to fund 19 of them. We’re all in this together and it takes the whole community to make things happen.”

Brady Shaul, one of the co-chairs for special events, said United Way has already had two main events. Twenty teams took part in the United Way Golf Tournament and about 900 runners took part in the Color Dash through Gering.

“The Duck Dash is coming up in September,” Shaul said. “The grand prize is a 2014 Chevy Tahoe and we’re hoping to sell all 20,000 ducks. And hopefully, we’ll be able to put the ducks into the river again this year.”

Sales for rubber ducks start Aug. 1 and United Way will have a booth at the Scotts Bluff County Fair where they can be purchased.

Agencies supported by United Way for the 2014-2015 campaign year include Assets Building Choices (CAPWN), Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America, Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, CAPstone, Carpenter Center, CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Cirrus House Transitional Age Program, Disability Rights Nebraska, Diversified Services, Inc., DOVES, Foster Grandparent Program (CAPWN), Foster Grandparent Program (NCAP), Guadalupe Center, Monument Family Connections, Panhandle Independent Living Services, panhandle Youth Shelter/Group Home (CAPWN), Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Camp Scott Summer Program for Handicapped Children and the Western Nebraska Child Development Center (CAPWN).
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