United Way birthday celebrates what it means to ‘Live United’

PLYMOUTH —– United Way of Marshall County is ready to celebrate by honoring 50 years of volunteers and one local business has stepped up in a big way to help.
“We really can’t say how grateful we are to John Oliver and U.S. Granules for their support for our Anniversary Party,” said Jennifer Maddox, executive director of United Way of Marshall County. “We really can’t say enough about their historical commitment to United Way and its mission. They’ve been a pacesetter company — I believe since they became a corporation here in Plymouth. The community is fortunate to have someone the caliber of John Oliver and his employees at U.S. Granules who — not only give to United Way — but to many other worthy organizations and causes.
“They truly know what it means to ‘Live United’.”
A donation from U.S. Granules will underwrite much of the festivities that celebrate 50 years of a community coming together to help others. Former Cam-paign Chairmen and Board members will be honored as United Way of Marshall County celebrates its 50th birthday in grand style at Swan Lake Resort.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 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 really a remarkable thing when you look at the history of United Way is dependent on literally hundreds of volunteers to achieve its mission every year,” said Maddox. “To sustain that level of commitment and involvement by a community for over 50 years is a truly remarkable feat to be celebrated. It just shows the relevance and importance of United Way.
“In 2009 alone, more than 30,000 individuals in Marshall County benefitted from services that are funded by United Way. Some of those individuals received social services more than once but even if you take half that number, that’s over one third of the residents of Marshall County that were served in some way by a United Way supported agency. That is a significant impact.”
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 a special publication by the Pilot News will highlight the evening.
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.