Annual United Way campaign still on, looking for help

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The United Way of Washington County has extended its 2012 campaign through Friday in an attempt to meet its $1.775 million fundraising goal for 17 area human service agencies and programs and avoid the risk of any reduction in the United Way’s annual funding for the agencies.

United Way President and CEO Lester Lattany said Wednesday that while the campaign will close Friday, any donations received over the weekend will be included in a final campaign report to be issued Monday.

“The campaign is still plugging along and it is still possible (to meet the goal),” Lattany said. “If 1,200 people, which is 1 percent of the population of Washington County, pledge $150, this campaign is made. And this is not money that has to be paid right now. It’s a pledged contribution that comes to less than $3 a week for the 15-month period that begins in January and continues through March 2014.”

Lattany said donations that have been made online throughout the four-month campaign could also push the total collected higher at a later date.

“Online contributing is not letting us get any information,” Lattany said. “United Way World Wide is sorting through those and they may not get to us until after Friday.”

For those who wish to help, contributions may be pledged online at www.unitedwayofwashingtoncountytn.org, by mail to the United Way of Washington County, P.O. Box 4039, Johnson City, TN 37602-4039, or by calling Lattany at 282-5682.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee is looking for 90 young models for its annual American Girl Fashion Show to be held March 23 at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City.

Model searches will be held at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone St., Tuesday from 4-6 p.m., and at Johnson City’s Summit Leadership Foundation at 3104 Hanover Road on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 4-6 p.m.

The annual CASA benefit showcases historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls, including the day wear, sleep wear and special-occasion clothing worn by the American Girl characters, contemporary Just Like You outfits for older girls and Bitty Baby fashions for infants. Fashion show guests are also treated to party favors, door prizes and refreshments.

American Girl is one of the nation’s leading direct marketers, children’s publishers and experiential retailers. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to “celebrate girls,” American Girl Programs partner with nonprofit organizations nationwide to raise funds for children’s charities.

CASA of Northeast Tennessee recruits, trains, monitors and supports volunteers to act as court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in the juvenile courts of Northeast Tennessee. CASA’s goal is to preserve the right of every child to a safe, permanent home.

Tickets for the show are $25 and may be purchased online at www.casanetn.org, by calling CASA at 461-3500 or emailing admin@casanetn.org.

Pie Wars III, Dawn of the Dough, the third -annual benefit pizza baking competition hosted by Young Professionals Tri-Cities, will be held from 5-11 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Charles at 308 E. Main St., downtown.

Local pizza specialists signed up for this year’s competition include Main Street Pizza Company, Marco’s, One12 Downtown, Papa John’s, Pizza Inn, Pizza N Gyro, Schmuck’s, Scratch Brick Oven and others. The evening will also include music by D.J. Shorty Tripp.

Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at piewars.eventbrite.com. Proceeds will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Tennessee to help local children who are neglected and abused.

Young Professionals Tri-Cites is a networking organization for young professionals in the Tri-Cities area that is dedicated to improving quality of life and strengthening the local economy and work force by offering unique social, professional and philanthropic opportunities.

Volunteers who wish to help with this year’s Pie Wars and those interested in learning more about Young Professionals Tri-Cities may e-mail info@yptri.org for more information or visit www.facebook.com/yptri.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the

Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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