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January 17, 2014

B.J. Riley: Please help us support the United Way today

TERRE HAUTE — As I hope you are aware, today is United Day for United Way, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — with a target of raising $20,000 today, as a final push to achieve the overall campaign goal of $1.85 million.

I have the privilege of serving as the United Way board president this year and will be on the rooftop of Baesler’s Market, 2900 Poplar St., Terre Haute. I will be joined on the roof by Troy Fears, executive director of the United Way of the Wabash Valley; the campaign chair for 2014 and board member Dottie King, president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; past campaign chairs and board members Marla Flowers of Clabber Girl, Bernice Helman of Coldwell Banker Troy Helman Realtors, Tim Sturgess of WTWO/WAWV and Rick Burger of Duke Energy.

We will have a bucket to lower to passers-by in which they can place their donations, and we will be on the roof all day to help raise money.

Bob Baesler has generously helped United Way with this fundraiser each year, and he will do so again today. Inside today’s paper on page A8, you will see a list of how you, too, can help.

n If you need to grocery shop, you can visit any of the three locations of Baesler’s Market — Sullivan, Linton and Terre Haute — and receive a 6 percent discount off your groceries; additionally, Bob will donate 6 percent to United Way.

n Also at Baesler’s on Popular Street today, “celebrity pumpers” will fill your vehicle with gas and even wash the windows to raise funds for United Way. See page A8 to find a list of local celebrities who will be working. Bob will offer a discount of 6 cents per gallon, and he is donating 6 cents per gallon to United Way. Additionally, the 65 or so pumpers will be trying to earn tips by window washing and providing friendly service for each customer.

n Other business owners are assisting with the fundraiser, too, by serving as donation sites. Fifty-six business locations throughout the Wabash Valley will be accepting donations in Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.

n Several restaurants in the area will be donating a portion of sales from meals purchased today. A list of participating restaurants is on page A8.

I have been a part of United Way of the Wabash Valley for the past four years. As a board member and the current president, I consider a donation to the United Way one of the best ways that you can help your friends and neighbors in this community. I believe there is no better way to spread out a dollar to help multiple causes than through a donation to the United Way. It is very likely that you or someone you know will be helped by a United Way agency this year.

The generosity shown by the community on United Day — whether it’s donors contributing hard-earned dollars or the contribution of hard work by volunteers and United Way staff — continues to amaze me.

United Way’s slogan this year is “Be the One.” I would encourage you to Be the One today and help us in United Way’s final push to reach the campaign goal. If you would like to know more about United Day for United Way or learn more about the agencies that partner with the United Way, go to www.uwwv.org or call the United Way office at 812-235-3901.

Thank you, Wabash Valley, for your support. I hope to see you from my view atop Baesler’s!

Tribune-Star Publisher B.J. Riley can be contacted at

bjriley@tribstar.com and 812-231-4297.

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