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 width=The United Way of Christian County will officially kick-off the 2011-2012 Campaign on Thursday, September 15th at 6:00 PM at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. This year’s drive, themed “Live United”, has a goal of raising $140,000.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital has stepped up to pledge their support once again this year by sponsoring the United Way Kick-off dinner. Dan Raab, President and CEO of Taylorville Memorial Hospital, has generously donated the time of his staff as well as the hospital’s food services and auditorium facilities to provide the Kick-off Dinner meal and venue. “We truly appreciate the generosity of Taylorville Memorial Hospital in sponsoring our 2011 Kick-off Dinner,” said Joni Beyers, Executive Director of the United Way of Christian County.

Two member agencies will be featured at this year’s kick-off event. Cathy Coker, Executive Director of Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center, will talk about the support and assistance they offer to women facing unplanned pregnancies and share some success stories. John Coady, Co-Chairperson of the Christian County Prevention Coalition, will cite how their group of volunteers is working together toward a community free of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use by individuals in general and youth in particular. Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center and Christian County Prevention Coalition are two of the county’s twenty-three caring organizations supported by United Way of Christian County.

The 2011-2012 fund drive continues for eight weeks ending on November 10th. Close to 100 volunteers will take on the mission of raising funds for United Way and its 23 member agencies. Carol Schramm, 2011-2012 Campaign Co-Chair, talks about her motivation for the campaign. "Knowing that United Way of Christian County is directly impacting the communities of Christian County is extremely important to me. Each dollar that is donated makes a huge difference in the lives of so many. A big thank you goes out to all those who contribute to United Way.”

DJ Kennedy, who also shares the role of Campaign Co-Chair, tells why he supports the United Way and the impact it makes in the county. “I feel honored to help in the efforts of United Way of Christian County. When you hear from the agencies we have helped with your contributions, you know that this money is making a difference in people’s lives in our home county.”

The Kick-off Dinner is for all Caring Leaders, volunteers, donors and anyone wishing to participate in this year’s fund drive or learn more about the United Way of Christian County. To RSVP if you plan to attend or for more information, contact Joni Beyers at 824-8404 or visit the United Way’s website at www.unitedwayofcc.org

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