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United Way pitches campaign at Hagerstown Suns game

August 22, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

It was a "play ball" kickoff Friday night for the United Way of Washington County as the 2008 fundraising campaign was launched at Municipal Stadium.

"We're blowing up balloons and getting ready for a fun evening," campaign director Addie Staebler said Friday afternoon.

The United Way hopes to raise a record $2 million during the 2008 campaign.

Volunteers, donors, agencies and other community partners gathered for a pregame picnic co-sponsored by Centra Bank, Keller-Stonebraker Insurance and Greg and Ruth Anne Snook.

Then, after watching the Hagerstown Suns take on the Delmarva Shorebirds, the United Way officially unveiled its goal on the stadium scoreboard, followed off with a fireworks show.

Municipal Stadium was chosen to show how important the United Way feels it is to engage Hagerstown Suns fans and the community in a conversation about "Living United," Executive Director Leah Gayman said.

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"Whether they are giving financially, using their voice to discuss issues important to them or giving their time, I am excited to see everyone in our community 'Live United,'" Gayman said.

The first 750 fans at Friday night's game received a "Live United" T-shirt.

The 2008 campaign co-chairs are Tim Henry and Noel Williams.

The United Way raised more than $1.9 million during the 2007 fundraising campaign.

The agency's annual Day of Caring will be Wednesday, Oct. 1, Staebler said Friday.

The 2008 campaign will run through the end of December and will include such fundraising events as a Murder Mystery Dinner on Oct. 12 and an online auction beginning Nov. 29.

For information, call Staebler at 301-739-8200, ext. 12, or send an e-mail to astaebler@unitedwaywashcounty.org.

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