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Anniversary party to honor history of organization

August 27, 2010

PLYMOUTH — It will be a time of celebration 50 years in the making as United Way of Marshall County honors those who have made the organization what it is at its anniversary party on Sept. 11 at Swan Lake Resort.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m. during the cocktail and social hour with dinner to follow. The event will honor the past campaign drive chairs and board presidents who built the organization from its early days as the door to door Community Chest program to what it has become today.
“It’s truly been a pleasure working with such a dedicated group of volunteers and administrators to put all this together,” said Jim Wagner, who along with wife Susan co-chairs the 50th Anniver-sary Committee for the United Way. “For United Way to have allocated that much money over the years is a great accomplishment that the entire community should be proud of.”
“Of course we don’t have exact numbers since 45 years ago those working for United Way likely never dreamed we’d be interested in what they were doing, but our best estimate is that between $10 and $12 million has been raised over the years by United Way to benefit individuals throughout Marshall County,” said Jennifer Maddox, Executive Director of United Way of Marshall County.
Members of the campaign from each of its decades from the ‘60s on will be honored. Mike Lintner will be the Master of Ceremonies for an evening that celebrates the history of United Way’s impact on helping others in Marshall County.
A documentary film compiled by the Plymouth High School Broadcasting class and special publication by the Pilot News will highlight the evening.
“It’s very exciting to reconnect with important parts of our history and share milestones and events that have occurred,” said Maddox. “It’s exciting to be able to honor important people and recognize the caring power of the human spirit that produced 50 years of a community caring for each other.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the United Way office or by calling 574-936-3366. Visit http://www.marshallcountyuw.org/ for more information.

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