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United Way sets dates for 2015 fundraisers
January 08, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Several United Way of Western Nebraska sponsored events will be moving on the 2015 calendar to better accommodate the weather and other community events.

Traditionally the events followed the schedule starting with the Golf Tournament being the Monday after Memorial Day, the Color Dash would then be held on the last weekend in June and the Rubber Duck Dash was the second weekend in September.

“The Special Events Committee got together to brainstorm about some of the obstacles we ran into this year,” said United Way Executive Director Steph Black. “We seem to have fought the river the last few years with it being too high for the Rubber Duck Dash. It’s just more exciting for everyone if we can get the ducks into the river.”

So Special Events Coordinator Jeana Allen contacted several water and irrigation experts to see if there was a better time when the ducks could go into the river while still maintaining the safety of volunteers.

Allen discovered the North Platte River is at its lowest toward the end of July, barring any big rainstorms.
“As the committee discusses what we learned, we decided to change the date for the Rubber Duck Dash,” Black said. “The more we talked, the more we decided to move all our events around on the calendar.”

She added that so many events going on during the summer, it was also advantageous for them to move the popular Color Dash to the end of May. That way, more families can participate in the event. The special event wraps up toward the end of summer with the United Way golf tournament.

“We’re hoping to create some new excitement for the events in 2015,” Black said. “It’s all about timing.”
The revised calendar of events has the Color Dash on Saturday, May 30, starting at Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering. The Rubber Duck Dash will be on Saturday, July 25 at the Trails West YMCA Camp in Riverside Park in Scottsbluff. And the annual golf tournament has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 14 at the Scotts Bluff Country Club. Times will be announced closer to the events.

The changes will not only be better for the events and timing for the community, but it will give new life and opportunity to grow and raise more money for those in need.
“The needs in the community continue to grow and our member agencies are serving more people,” she said. “We’re trying to raise as much money as we can for the program so we can reach out and help more people, but there are always more requests for money than what we’re able to give.”

More information is available by calling the United Way Office at (308) 635-2522.
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