News Brief - March 5, 2001

Xenia Hockey Fans Wanted

The Dayton Bombers are hosting the city of Xenia on Friday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. as they take on the Peoria Riverman. Tickets for Xenia residents will be discounted to $8.00 and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to United Way serving Greene County. Call the Bombers at 775-4747 for more information or to reserve tickets.


United Way at Work in Your Community

Three Hunger Forums were held recently in order to educate people who deal with the effects of hunger daily. Marilyn Sesler, Public Education Director for Ohio Hunger Task Force, shared local and state data on hunger-related issues and gave those in attendance ideas for dealing with local and state leaders who make decisions that can affect those who are hungry. The forums were hosted by United Way and were conducted in Greene, Montgomery and Preble counties.


Ambassadors Honored

2000 campaign Ambassadors and Fellows were honored Monday, December 11, at the Dayton Racquet Club. United Way campaign staff members shared humorous stories about each Ambassador and Fellow in attendance and presented them with a commemorative plaque. United Way wished to thank D.M. Vance Computer Services, Manpower, Sinclair Community College, Sue Koverman Consulting and The University of Dayton for sponsoring Ambassadors and Fellows.


Wish List Compiled

The Homeless Respite Care Program is preparing to open two new apartments to house homeless persons who can't go to a shelter because they or a family member have a contagious disease or because they are recuperating from an illness or medical procedure and need a quiet place to rest. In order to complete these apartments, donations of household items (kitchen utensils, small furniture, bed and bath accessories, etc) are needed. For a complete list of needed items or to make a donation, contact Kathleen Shanahan at 225-3097.


Great Music for a Great Cause

Copies of Pamela McNeill's CD 2 Sides 2 Every Sky are still available! Each CD is only $17.00 (including tax, shipping and handling) and proceeds benefit our local United Way. CDs can be purchased by calling 225-3021 or by visiting our website at


Flyer Soar to New Heights

University of Dayton's campaign representatives and student government officials presented United Way 2000 Campaign Chairman Mike McCurdy with a check for $10,000 at the January 11th basketball game against Temple. UD raised $3,500 more than last year. Mike in turn presented the UD Student Government with a United Way Award of Honor.

Pictured L-R: Tom Rueth, Amy Lopez, Mike McCurdy, Megan Pullem, Megan Culos, and Kara Stencel.


Mark Your Calendars

Community Care Day 2001 will be held Wednesday, May 23rd. For more information contact Heather at 225-3042 or .


Target and United Way Spread Holiday Joy

Christmas came early for about 60 families who didn't have trees to decorate. Area Target stores donated their display trees and decorations to families identified by United Way.


One GiftÂ…Countless Results

HelpLink, United Way's 24-hour information and referral service is one of the programs supported through the Community Fund. In 2000, HelpLink answered 69,420 calls. HelpLink received calls regarding a variety of topics including:
Basic needs: 17,291
Consumer Services: 287
Criminal/Legal: 597
Education: 218
Environmental: 161
Health Care: 1,712
Income Security: 395
Individual/Family Life: 914
Mental Health/Counseling: 816
Organizational/Community Services: 7,367
Target Groups: 323
You can reach HelpLink at 225-3000.


Meet the 2001 Campaign Chairman

Eric Cluxton, the new President of KeyBank's Dayton District, will be serving as United Way's 2001 Campaign Chairman.

A 1981 Miami University graduate, Eric, his wife and three children have recently relocated to Dayton from Cleveland.

In addition to volunteering his time to United Way, Eric is active on several community boards including the Community Advisory Committee to Dayton Public Schools and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Eric's Co-Chair will be Fred Romine, Business Representative at Teamsters Local 957. Look for Fred in next month's Spirit.


Campaign Award Winners

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area wishes to thank all the companies and individuals who participated in the 2000 Campaign.

The Pinnacle Award, formerly the Roundtable Award, is the highest honor awarded to organizations that best exemplify the vision of the United Way through their spirit, involvement, and leadership through the campaign. These winners will be featured in the United Way display at the Dayton International Airport.

The Outstanding Workplace Campaign awards are broken down into four categories: excellence, distinction, honor, and achievement.

And the Winners are:

Elano Corporation
GE Card Services
Mead Corporation
Thompson Hine & Flory, LLP

Outstanding Workplace Campaign

  National City Mortgage
  Victoria's Secret Catalogue
  Henny Penny
  Parker Hannifin
  Greene Memorial Hospital
  I Supply Company
  Mike Sells Potato Chip Company
  Wright State University

  Merrill Lynch
  Hilltop Basic Resources
  Emery Worldwide
  New Horizon Computer Learning Center
  The Berry Company
  Scitex Digital Printing
  Cooper Tools Apex Operations
  McGohan Brabender
  ChemFirst Fine Chemicals

  Shook National Corporation
  Uniform Code Council
  Handyman Home Center
  Miami Valley RTA
  Greene County Educational Service Center
  Universal 1 Credit Union
  Sterling Rubber and Plastics
  Fifth Third Bank
  University of Dayton Students

Nonprofit Award:  
  Preble County MR/DD
  Family Service Association
  United Health Services

Outstanding Campaign Coordinator Award:
William Bloebaum Mead Corporation
Marie Bird National City Mortgage
Catherine Case Cooper Tools Apex Operations
Paulette Pate-Combs New Horizon Computer Learning Center
Janice Desjardins & JoAnn Evans-Nesby Miller-Valentine Group

Outstanding Volunteer Award:
David Kirsch Rodney Cobb Chevrolet

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