News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

January 18, 2013

Today’s the day for United Way

TERRE HAUTE — With their sights set on the $20,000 mark, local celebrities are pumping gas and bagging groceries today at Baesler’s Market as part of the seventh-annual United Day for United Way. The Wabash Valley nonprofit organization is in the midst of a final push to meet the goal of raising $1.86 million.

About 92 percent of the goal — or $1,710,909 — has been raised up to today.

United Day began at 7 a.m. and continues to 7 p.m. with donation sites peppered throughout the Valley. Visit www.uwwv.org for a complete list of donation sites as well as a list of restaurants participating in the Dine United event, also part of today’s fund raising.

A fun aspect of the campaign blitz features the celebrity gas pumpers and grocery baggers at Baesler’s, where they will seek tips for donation to the United Way. The United Way website also lists the names of those volunteers and the times when they will be sacking food or filling gas tanks.

“It’s a really great cause for a good community,” said James Taylor of Alorica as he bagged groceries at the end of a checkout counter.

“This is very hard work, this bagging,” Taylor joked with a customer. He had already completed an hour of pumping gas, and was thankful to be indoors out of the weather for a while.

“Last year when we did this, it was really cold,” he said.

Cashier Monica Williams said the United Day effort at Baesler’s draws a lot of customers. While the morning sales are usually slower, she said she expected traffic to pick up by midmorning.

United Way board member Nancy Rogers, who was manning a table near the front of the store to accept donations and distribute information, said the busiest donation time for the annual bagger/pumper event is usually between 3 and 7 p.m.

Out at the gas pumps, Jeff Malloy made sure to stop for fuel on his way to work at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. It was by no coincidence that he stopped at the pump where college president Dottie King was pumping gas.

King jokingly said she had seen 20 percent of the university staff fill up their tanks during her shift at the pumps, and she was wondering when the other 80 percent were going to get there.

Some celebrities include Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, who will bag groceries from noon to 1 p.m.; Indiana State University Provost Jack Maynard, who will work from 4 to 5 p.m.; and Lynn Hughes, director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, who soon begins her 10 to 11 a.m. shift.

People can purchase gasoline at Baesler’s with a 6-cent per-gallon discount today, with celebrities pumping fuel and washing windows. Volunteers manning the pumps include Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing and Vigo County Superintendent Dan Tanoos.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1
NDN Video
The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity