Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 8, 2012

United Fund struggle pushes on

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Daily Democrat — Although the list of fall fundraisers appears to be a bit crowded officials with the United Fund of Pauls Valley are continuing their push to meet this year’s goal.

With around $30,000 yet to go United Fund board members gathered this week to look more closely at a series of fundraising events over the next few weeks and months.

All of that means a lot of work as the board hits the fall stretch run to meet the campaign goal of raising $90,000 for the year.

“It’s been fast and furious because of the planning for all the fundraisers coming up this fall,” said Angela Portwood, board vice president.

“It gets a little bit chaotic with so many events in the fall.”

On the way are such familiar events as a United Fund golf tournament, spaghetti dinner, a Halloween fundraiser and a brand new one in the form of a paintball tournament.

Hopes are all the events, including this new one, will put the campaign over the top during a year that hasn’t been easy for those volunteers working to make United Fund a success.

“It has been a big struggle,” Portwood said. “We do as good as we can and try to make each United Fund event work.

“Our big fundraisers are in the fall, so we do have to compete with other fundraisers. It just can’t be avoided,” she said.

“Hopefully this paintball tournament will expand United Fund to a different market.”

Both Portwood and Connie Weeks, board president, agreed today’s sluggish economy hasn’t made this current effort an easy one as pledges are down this year from a number of businesses which have contributed to the United Fund campaign in the past.

Much of this week’s discussion centered on the United Fund paintball tournament now scheduled for Nov. 3 on property near Elmore City.

Additional specifics were not announced as the event is expected to include three different age groups.

However, the next admissions event on Sept. 20 is actually not a fundraiser but instead the day when organizations come in and formalize requests for United Fund money for next year.

“We already have three new organizations apply for funds,” Weeks said.

Then comes this year’s United Fund four-person scramble golf tournament set for a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Pauls Valley Municipal Golf Course.

“We just need to contact as many people as possible,” said Bob Martin, referring to possible players for the tournament.

“We don’t have a list of teams until the day of the tournament.”

An annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser is planned this year for on Oct. 14 at the county fairgrounds followed by United Fund Bucket Drive during the Boo on the Bricks event this Halloween in downtown Pauls Valley.