PLYMOUTH — It’s been a celebration 50 years in the making and United Way of Marshall County took the time Thursday evening to say thank you to volunteers and donors in its 50th Anniversary campaign at Christos Banquet Center.
The United Way’s annual recognition dinner took time to highlight all the campaign’s heroes and gave a chance for current Campaign Chair Melissa Owen to pass the torch to next year’s Chair Chad Dreibelbis.
In between those in attendance had a chance to bid on silent auction items and the highlight of the evening was the auction held by Dave and Sam Goebel of Re/Max Oak Crest Realty.
All the proceeds from the night will add to United Way’s goal breaking total for the year. With a goal of $450,000 the campaign was able to raise even more.
Chris Eberly, president of the United Way Board of Directors, led off the evening thanking past President Rick Kreps for his efforts with the board and thanking the Plymouth community.
“This is a very precious place to live,” he said. “It has a lot to do with the people of this community and their willingness to give to help others.”
Owen had struggles of her own during the campaign, but in spite of those she was able to bring in the goal amount.
“It’s been a tough year, but I’ve made it through because I live in such a great community,” said Owen. “I remember growing up in a family that made do with what we had. My mom stayed home with us 12 kids and my father went to work every day. He was just an everyday guy, and I often wondered why he gave, especially since our family could have used it. As an adult I understand why he gave — to have an impact on the people around him without the expectation of any reward or recognition. He is my hero.”
Dreibelbis addressed the audience in the official beginning of his campaign promising to continue the United Way tradition.
“We must be diligent in our effort to inspire the community to give and impress them with why it is important,” he said.