News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 7, 2013

Shop United in Clay, Sullivan counties

TERRE HAUTE — Shopping in Clay and Sullivan counties on Friday can benefit the United Way of the Wabash Valley and participating merchants.

In this culminating and third of three shopping events, residents can participate in two ways. One is to purchase a ticket and join a group of people traveling together through the two counties.

The other is to patronize participating merchants who display the Shop United window sign. Participating merchants have agreed to donate 10 percent of their sales on Dec. 13 to the United Way, according to Claudia Tanoos, event chairwoman.

The final all-day Shop United group event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and involves traveling by motorcoach to locations in Clay and Sullivan counties, where group participants also learn about United Way’s impact in each of those counties. A $50 ticket, purchased from the United Way, covers the cost of breakfast, lunch and transportation.

A Good News Travels motorcoach will board passengers in Terre Haute at 8 a.m. at the First Financial Bank Conference Center, 4353 S. Seventh St., and Sullivan participants will board at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of McDonald’s at U.S. 41 and 755 W. Wolfe St.  

Participants then will travel to Crossroads Church, 2 South Court St., in Sullivan for a welcome and a continental breakfast provided by Good News Travels. Peg Copeland, Four Rivers Resource Services, a United Way impact partner, will discuss the agency’s work with individuals with disabilities and other challenges who want to attain self-dependence and natural interdependence.

According to Sullivan Shop United coordinator Rita Knotts, shoppers will visit Brown Jewelers, 8 S. Court St.; Larden’s Treasures, 206 W. Washington St.; Colonial Landscaping and Garden Shop, 1229 N. Section St.; and A Gathering Place, 2298 N. Old U.S. 41.

Jill Anderson, owner of Brown Jewelers, which has been in Sullivan for 85 years, said that word of mouth is the best advertising for a business, and the Shop United events raise awareness about participating businesses and the United Way.

The Shop United group will have lunch at Glory Days Restaurant, 802 Main St., in Clay City. A United Way agency presentation by Deb Plummer-Ringo will focus on the YMCA agency in Clay and Vigo counties.

According to Kathy Deal, Clay County Campaign Chair for United Way, after shoppers have lunch, they will visit Clay City Pottery Co., 510 E. 14th St., and Swiss Connection, 1363 E. County Road 550 S., in Clay City. In Brazil, shoppers will visit Old Fashion Jewelry Shop, 45 Forest Park Plaza; Seasoned Wick, 4 W. National Ave.; and Sisters Antique Mall and Coffee Bar, 123 E. National Ave.

United Way agencies that provide service to Clay County residents include the YMCA, Clay County Food Pantry, Clay County Senior Citizens Center and the Clay County Benevolence Ministry.

The day’s events will conclude in Staunton at Lake House Restaurant, 7395 N. County Road 425 W., where hors d’oeuvres will be provided and shoppers can participate in a wine-tasting event. United Way staff members Dylan Riggen and Chris Wood will present additional information about the United Way and then shoppers will board the motorcoach and return to Terre Haute and Sullivan.

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.    

For tickets and additional itinerary information, call 812-235-6287.


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