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26 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 Sussex United Way kicl00 off annual campaign; goal $335,000 By Rosanne Pack Sharing her own experiences with agencies supported by the United Way. Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner helped the Sussex County United Way office mark the opening of the 1997 fall cam- paign last week. Minner. other elected officials and representa- tives of many United Way agen- cies gathered at the kickoff cele- bration and open house in George- town as the Sussex office marked the first campaign since merging with United Way of Delaware ear- tier this year. Marian Stuart, executive direc- tor of the Sussex office, said that she only sees positive changes coming out of the merger. She said the combining of forces means more volunteers through- out the state and added resources and support from the northern Delaware office. "We are helped by this move, and the good news still is that all the money raised here can stay in Sussex County if the donor wants it to." she said. Minner encouraged those pre- sent to continue to support United Way with funds and volunteer hours. She Said that her family has received first-hand benefits from the services of 0nited Way agen- cies. "I have personally used the ser- vices," she said. "When my hus- band was so ill, the Visiting Nurs- es Association was there to sup- port us. We received reassurance at the deepest, darkest time; with- out that support, we could not have survived. "When you help United Way, you have the opportunity to touch lives in ways that you don't know. Programs here can influence and support others in important ways." Charles "Chuck" Anderson, president of United Way of Delaware, praised Minner for her commitment to the agency net- work. He said he knows that the Lieutenant Governor does' more than talk when it comes to United Way. "I've had some volunteer soup kitchen experience with Ruth Ann Minner and she knows what it is to pitch in and work," he said. "She does more than talk; she walks the walk." United Way launches community The United Way of Delaware's campaign will have a unique twist to it this year, as volunteers work to give more people an opportuni- ty to get involved with the annual fund drive. Called the "Communi- ty Outreach Campaign," this ef- fort is an attempt to open partici- pation in the United Way drive to people who are not part of the tra- ditional work force. Headed up by John Carey, senior executive vice- president at MBNA America Bank, this group of volunteers in- tend to reach out through the schools, churches and malls of Delaware to enable anyone to contribute whatever they can to help those in need. Working with Marge Tansley, president of the state Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) and with the support of Iris Metts, the state secretary of edu- cation, a coin-collection effort has been mounted in many of the pub- lic schools in the state. Tom Goff, of PTA, is working through its parent and volunteer network as well as youth leadership organiza- tions, to conduct a coin collection drive. Coins will be collected from students to help fund many programs directly affecting the lives of youth in Delaware. Each student who participates will be given a sticker or a pin for their ef- fort. Information on youth pro- grams supported by United Way will be distributed throughout the schools in an effort to educate the students on where the money goes, and how it directly affects them. In addition, with the aid of Msgr. Thomas J. Cini, the parochial schools of Delaware havebecome involved with a rep- resentative from each school con- ducting the collection/awareness drive. Some private schools have also elected to be a part of the unique campaign. United Way Sunday, Oct. 5, was proclaimed by Gov. Thomas Carper in support of the Outreach Campaign. The Rev. Silvester Beamon, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church headed the effort, joined by Msgr. Cini, the Rev. Donald Dunnigan, the Rev. Vincent Oliver, the Rev. Susan Kester and Rabbi Lawrence Malinger. According to Beamon, "The church is a community of caring people. Therefore it is a natural partnership when the Unit- ed Way and our local congrega- tions merge their mission. With the financial support of the churches, We can assist the United Way in further nurturing, restor- ing and rescuing the lives of those. in need." We can help make your wedding day perfect wi6 oar complete line of wedding invitations and accessories b, 7garlson rafi" Affordable Prices Exclusive Designs Fast - Your Order Printed in 24-48 Hours See us today for all your wedding statiolae alad acc needs. P00ET. 15 Midway Shopping Center 4950 Highway One, Rehoboth . (302) 644-9034 (FAX) 644-9036 llgml Anderson expressed high hopes for the accomplishments of Unit- ed Way since the merger with Sussex. He said the success of the past are a credit to Stuart's dedica- tion and hard work, and the state organization sees her as a great as- set. "Seeing what we have done and what is ahead, all I can say is how has Marian Stuart done it by her- self?" he said. "She gives more than her fair share, we all should. Get out there and work with her." Stuart said that the Sussex County goal for 1997 is $335,000, a 10 percent increase over last year's fall goal. The statewide goal for United Way of Delaware is $23.5 million. "We will continue to work in Sussex County as we have always done," she said. ,The money raised will help people here. Now that we are one United Way, we will have more resources to work with, which will only help the community of Sus- sex County." For information on the 1997 fall campaign and United Way agen- cies, call 856-7884. ( am.'ach effort Coin collection canisters will al- so be in the community; each Happy Harry's drug store will dis- play one on the counter. The coins collected in the fountain of the Concord Mall for the month of September were donated to the United Way. Many stores in the mall are also displaying canisters. Rosanne Pack photos Announcing the opening of the annual fall campaign for United Way of Delaware, (above) Marian Stuart, center, exec- utive director of the Sussex County office is joined by L. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and Charles Anderson, president of United Way of Delaware. Below, Minner, lower lefts discusses United Way programs with guests at the Sussex County office open house that kicked off the fall fund drive campaign. ]-Iome & Garden at J. Conn Scott, Inc. Thank You for a successful premier season. We are now offering 50% OFF most of our remaining stock. 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