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United Way celebration is Sept. 14

Last year, the United Way of Becker County decided to start a new local tradition by replacing its annual, door-to-door residential fund-raising drive with a "community celebration."

The event proved so popular with local residents that they decided to do it again this year. The United Way Community Matters Celebration will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.

From 4:30-6:30 p.m., the public is invited to come to the Pavilion and enjoy free games, food, live entertainment and door prize drawings. A free will offering will be taken during the event, with proceeds to go toward supporting local United Way charitable efforts.

But in addition to the fund-raising aspect, according to co-chairs Shelly Stowman and Nancy Soberg, the event will also provide a unique opportunity for local residents to learn more about the various charitable agencies funded by the United Way.

"Our goal is to educate the community on the many agencies supported by the United Way," Stowman explained. "The United Way of Becker County works to serve our community in many ways, and the agencies who receive funding from the United Way are essential to building a strong community foundation."

In addition to its informational aspect, however, the celebration also allows area residents to just have a little fun.

"We'll have lots of games," Soberg said, noting that one new aspect of the celebration this year is the addition of the inflatable Games to Go. There will be live entertainment including local musician Tim Eggebraaten and the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics squad; and each of the agencies represented at the celebration will be having a door prize giveaway. Daisy the Clown will be doing balloon animals, and the Women of Today will offer face painting.

In addition, Soberg said, United Way volunteers will be serving a light supper of turkey sandwiches, chips, coleslaw and beverages.

The Friends of Youth organization will also be offering free bike safety checks, with the first 50 kids participating in the event to receive a free bike helmet. There will be a drawing for a free bicycle as well, Stowman noted.

For more information about the event, or the various agencies supported by the United Way, contact executive director LuAnn Porter at 218-846-7400.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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