United Way of Stephens County 2012 campaign kickoff is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Fuqua Park. This is a free community event.
This year’s United Way chairman is excited about the campaign kickoff set for Saturday in Fuqua Park. Russ Stewart said the day will be one of celebration and is a positive way to show off the agencies that are partnered with United Way of Stephens County.
“It’s a day to showcase our agencies and all will be represented,” he said. “People will have a chance to visit each of the agencies. This is not a fundraiser. No one is going to be asking for money.”
He emphasized that issue because he just wants the community to come and learn about the many organizations that help so many people throughout Stephens County.
The kickoff will give people who attend a chance to learn more about United Way and the organizations.
“We will provide food, fun and entertainment,” Stewart said.
In addition to the numerous booths that will be near the Gazebo in the park, Stewart said there’s an entire hour in which Kiddieland will be open for free rides. That will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
“We’ve had kickoffs in the past, but not as elaborate. This is the first one we’ve had in quite some time. There will be games and activities for the whole family.”
Stewart said all of the services being provided Saturday during the kickoff are free, thanks to several board sponsorships.
Those are Duncan Regional Hospital, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, Arvest Bank, Billie Strutton Insurance, Stephens County Worship Center, and Merry Stone with Duncan Public School District. Stone and the district will be offering free face painting.
“We are also being sponsored by Duncan Noon Lions Club and the SCWC Band is going to be playing our campaign theme song, which is called “Sound of Sunshine.”
Stewart recognizes that there is also another big event happening Saturday during the same time, and is encouraging everyone to also attend it.
“The Western Spirit Celebration is going on that day too and we want people to attend it. We really want unity in the community and we’ll have a booth over there too,” he said. “If anyone has questions about what United Way does, this is the perfect time to come and find out, but really it’s mainly to show off our agencies.”
Stewart expects around 100 volunteers to be at the kickoff.
“It’s suppose to be 83 degrees so it will be a nice day to be out. We want to let everyone know the campaign has kicked off.”