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November 29, 2013

Shop United Dec. 6 in Parke, Vermillion counties

TERRE HAUTE — Area residents can help the United Way of the Wabash Valley and participating merchants during Shop United in Parke and Vermillion counties on Dec. 6.

The Shop United event benefits local economies and more than 90 programs in the United Way service area, according to Claudia Tanoos, event chairwoman. 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.

Participating Shop United businesses will display a Shop United window sign and have pledged to donate to the United Way on this day.

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.

Participants will have a continental breakfast during a visit and tour of the Community Recreation Center Inc. in Clinton. A tour of Kid Kare Project Inc., 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-age 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.

According to Kim Nicholas, executive director, Parke County Chamber of Commerce, participating Parke County merchants include Antiques on York, 100 W. York St.; Mancave and Gaudy Things, 207 N. Jefferson St.; Neva’s Antiques and Collectibles, 120 W. Ohio St.; Covered Bridge Art Gallery, 124 West Ohio St.; The Secret, 219 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. 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, B&S Plumbing and Heating, Vectren Corp., SMC Inc. and Good News Travels.

The Shop United three-event fundraiser will conclude with Shop United in Sullivan and Clay counties on Dec. 13. The first event this year was a bi-state event, Shop United in Clark and Vigo counties, on Sept. 27.

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. The United Way campaign goal this year is $1.85 million.

For ticket and additional itinerary information, contact the United Way office at 812-235-6287.

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