By Misty Poe
Times West Virginian
There’s a great deal of enthusiasm for the 2013-14 United Way of Marion County’s campaign and the fundraising events that are planned.
And executive director Tiffany Samuels is hoping the enthusiasm translates into community support for the organization that raises funds for 22 nonprofits in Marion County.
By Monday morning, there had already been $30,700 collected for the campaign, more than two weeks before the launch on Thursday, Aug. 1. And more than half that figure — $18,550 — has come from members of the board of directors and past chairs of the United Way who gathered for a pre-launch breakfast, appropriately named “Breakfast with Tiffany.”
Some of the events scheduled to help the United Way meet its goals are already drawing a lot of attention within the community, Samuels said, especially the Oct. 5 Dancing With the Stars event. The fundraiser, which will benefit the United Way and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, pairs local “celebrities” who will dance their way into the hearts of the community to collect donations for the organizations. Samuels said there’s been quite a bit of talk in the community about which couple will “win” come October.
“There’s been a lot of trash talking about Dancing With the Stars,” Samuels said. “If trash is cash, we’re at about $1 million.”
Of course, it’s all in good fun and all for a good cause. And board member Mary Jo Thomas stressed that Monday.