Area residents can benefit the United Way of the Wabash Valley and about 15 participating merchants during Shop United in Parke and Vermillion counties on April 11.
Participating Shop United businesses will display a Shop United window sign and have pledged to donate to the United Way, according to Claudia Tanoos, event chairwoman.
There are two ways to contribute to both the merchant and the United Way on April 11. People who shop at participating businesses on the designated day will enhance the merchant’s potential contribution to the United Way, said Tanoos.
People who participate in the all-day event of shopping and touring in two counties also will benefit the United Way, while gaining deeper understanding about more than 90 programs in the United Way service area. A $50 ticket, purchased from the United Way, covers the cost of breakfast, lunch and transportation for the 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. event.
A Good News Travels motorcoach will board passengers in Terre Haute, from the First Financial Bank Conference Center, 4353 S. Seventh St., at 8 a.m. and in Clinton at 8:30 a.m. from Paradise Bowl, 1702 Indiana 163, on April 11.
Participants will have a continental breakfast during a visit and tour of the Community Recreation Center Inc. in Clinton. A tour of the Valley Child Development Center, a United Way of the Wabash Valley agency, will include a presentation about the Kid Kare mission to provide school supplies, clothing and other necessities to underprivileged school children.
According to Robin Summerville, UW campaign cabinet member, participating Shop United merchants in Vermillion County include Mildred & Co., 2024 E. Indiana 163; Attic Buddees, 404 N. Ninth St.; and Fossi Bakery, 456 N. Ninth St. Shoppers will have lunch at Gerrie’s, 545 N. Ninth St. and then depart for a visit to historic Bridgeton Mill in Parke County and Collom’s General Store in Bridgeton. “The Shop United events are great opportunities to showcase counties in the Wabash Valley and to raise awareness for the United Way,” said Summerville.
According to Kim Nicholas, executive director, Parke County Chamber of Commerce, participating Parke County merchants include Antiques on York, 100 W. York St.; Covered Bridge Art Gallery, 124 W. Ohio St.; Neva’s Antiques and Collectibles, 120 W. Ohio St.; The Secret, 219 W. Ohio St.; Fiber Closet, 301 W. Ohio St.; Rockville Sweet Shop, 121 S. Jefferson St.; and Jailhouse Café, 123 S. Jefferson St.
Shoppers will end the day with a wine-tasting event at the Drunk Tank Winery, located in the Old Jail Inn Parke County, 127 S. Jefferson St. On the lawn of the historical jail building, Jameson Hibbs, manager of Rockville Lake Park, is scheduled to have discs, a basket and opportunities for shoppers to earn prizes while learning about the RLP Disc Golf Course. A United Way agency presentation by Basil Weinman, executive director of Child Adult Resource Services, will focus on programs for developmentally disabled individuals regardless of age.
First Financial Bank and Union Hospital are presenting sponsors for the Shop United events. Additional sponsors are Ivy Tech Community College, Hamilton Center Inc., B&S Plumbing & Heating, Vectren Corp., SMC Inc. and Good News Travels.
Planning committee members for Shop United in Parke and Vermillion are Sally Whitehurst, First Financial Bank; Rita Knotts, Good News Travels; Jennifer Eastridge, Indiana State University; Dylan Riggen and Chris Wood, United Way; Claudia Tanoos, vice president of the Terre Haute Economic Development Corp.; Robin Summerville, State Farm Insurance agent; Susan Turner, Vermillion Rise Mega Park; Jessi Purcell, First Financial Bank; Nancy Swaim, Covered Bridge Gateway Trails Association Inc.; and Kim Nicholas, Parke County Chamber of Commerce.
With a committee of volunteers, Tanoos spearheaded the first Shop United events during her service as 2012 United Way of the Wabash Valley Campaign chairwoman. Merchants and residents have enthusiastically supported and grown these events to outreach into the entire United Way Service area counties, said Tanoos. “After the event on April 11, every community in the United Way service area will have participated and that was our goal — to support our local merchants and United Way of the Wabash Valley,” she said.
The UWWV serves Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Clark County in Illinois, with its focus on three impact areas — education, income and health — contributes to 30 partners, or agencies.
For ticket and more itinerary information, contact Dylan Riggen at the United Way office, 812-235-6287.