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United Way's 50th anniversary celebrated

June 15, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - The wasted food at Washington, D.C., area restaurants presented a golden opportunity for giving, a nightclub owner told a crowd celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Way of Washington County.

Robert Egger, who was the guest speaker at the agency's annual dinner, said he realized he could use donations of restaurants' wasted food to teach homeless people how to cook. He challenged people at Thursday's dinner at Four Points Sheraton to think of community service as more than gifts of money.

"What I'm saying is if we could do this with leftover food and leftover people and an empty kitchen, what could we do with 50 million dollars?" asked Egger, who turned his idea into d.c. central kitchen, which trains the homeless for jobs in restaurants.

Tom Newcomer and John F. Barr, who used Steppenwolf's song "Born to be Wild" and motorcycles to illustrate their theme of racing to the United Way's goal, are the new chairmen for the campaign.

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Barr, who also is Washington County Commissioners president, said he believes the community can exceed this year's goal - more than $1.9 million - and finally top $2 million, closing in on the $50 million mark during the United Way's 50-year history.

During a long presentation, the United Way honored Matt Amalfitano and Michael Digman, who started Youth United Way, and AnJie Doll and Noel Williams, who have served as officers in the agency.

Egger said he was honored to speak in an area where service is an integral part of him. He said seeing people makes strides toward better lives inspires him.

"It never ceases to amaze me that as far down as a person can go, they're never so down that they can't get back up," Egger said.

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