Friday’s special Cooke County United Way (CCUW) events conference outlined 2014 campaign plans among representatives.
CCUW Executive Director Angie Hare said Friday that tickets for one of the key related events, “Power of the Purse,” are now on sale for the dinner fundraiser at Gainesville Civic Center, set for Sept. 12.
Unlike many of CCUW’s upcoming events, “Purse” will benefit the organization’s youth council rather than the main outreach campaign and its 18 local beneficiary “partner” agencies. The fashion-themed ceremony includes a gourmet dinner and allows participants to buy raffle tickets for women’s accessories such as purses and handbags.
Tickets for “Purse” are $25 per person and reservations must be made by Friday, Sept. 6. The first “Power of the Purse” was conducted in 2012, also with proceeds directed to the youth council. This year’s keynote speaker is professional, record-setting balloon pilot Cheri White — whose appearance correlates to “The Sky’s the Limit,” Gainesville’s three-day hot-air balloon festival.
CCUW is conducting “Purse” along with sponsoring agency Cooke County Electric Cooperative Association and representatives recently said White makes an ideal special guest.
“When the opportunity came along to secure a top-notch, highly regarded hot-air balloonist from the cooperative network, Cooke County Electric Cooperative jumped at the opportunity,” said general manager Neil Hesse. “We are always excited to help attract visitors to our communities.”
“Purse” is only one of more than 20 events related to the local 2014 campaign, some of them conducted earlier in August. Currently, CCUW partner agencies are Abigail’s Arms Family Crisis Center, American Red Cross, Boys Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Boys Baseball, CASA, Cooke County Youth Fair, Girl Scouts, Home Hospice, Meals on Wheels, Muenster Youth Council, North Texas Youth Connection, PRIDE, Reading & Radio Resource, SW Diabetic Foundation, TAPS, Texoma Sr. Citizens/Area Agency on Aging and VISTO.
Hare said the 2014 fundraising goal is $400,000 on behalf of those agencies. And though the main campaign is primarily a fall season undertaking, the preparation of events and coordination of funds raised is a full-time and long-term endeavor.
“A lot of people have the idea that United Way only works three months out of the year — but my job is 24/7,” she said.
Other key CCUW 2014 campaign events:
Aug. 24 — Car show at Luttrull-McNatt Chevrolet.
Aug. 30 — Taste of NTMC benefit ceremony.
Sept. 5 — Official CCUW kick-off luncheon at Gainesville Civic Center. Advance tickets are $10.
Sept. 11 — Muenster Chamber of Commerce mixer at First State Bank/Muenster.
Sept. 12 — “Power of the Purse.” Tickets are $25.
Sept. 19 — Gainesville Chamber of Commerce mixer at Landmark Bank in Gainesville.
Oct. 3 — “Healthy, Happy and Whole” expo at Gainesville Civic Center.
Oct. 5 — “Ghosts, Goblins & Gears” motorcycle run.
Oct. 10 — “Blitz Days” in Muenster.
Oct. 17 — “Blitz Days” in Gainesville.
Nov. 6 — Campaign completion celebration luncheon at Gainesville Civic Center. Tickets are $10.
For more information regarding CCUW, its agencies or special events, call (940) 665-1793 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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