Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

April 3, 2014

United Fund plan moves to ballfield

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Part of a prayer opening a Pauls Valley United Fund meeting this week said it all as they gave thanks for being able to help others.

As part of that effort a handful of board members gathered on Tuesday to continue their focus on past and upcoming United Fund events.

Hopes are the success of a father-daughter dance in late February will be duplicated with other fundraising events on the United Fund horizon.

“We did pretty well with the father-daughter dance,” said board Chairman Angela Portwood.

“We brought in close to $1,000.”

Events like this one help with this year’s United Fund goal of raising at least $40,000 for the 2014 campaign.

The money is disbursed out quarterly to a number of community organizations that help residents all over Garvin County in a variety of ways.

Now board members are turning their attention to all the little details involved in the planning for a United Fund youth baseball and softball tournament

The tournament is scheduled for May 17-18 at the Pauls Valley Sports Complex, located off of Indian Meridian near Interstate 35 in western PV.

Teams for the 8 years old and under tournaments are still signing up now, while plans are in place for game umpires, concessions and volunteers.

“That’s coming along pretty well,” said board member Alecia Weatherford.

“When the tournament is over I will start concentrating on the golf tournament,” she said.

The United Fund golf tourney is scheduled for late September, while a poker run originally expected this month is being moved to August or September.

For early summer the United Fund effort is looking at the possibility of setting up a dunk tank as a fundraiser at the always popular Okie Noodling Festival, which this year is set for June 21.

The group is also still brainstorming on ideas for other events in the future; maybe something centered around a comedian, a haunted house or a hay ride and bonfire event.