United Way kick-off scheduled Monday evening at Twins ballgame

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  The United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County will have its 2005 Campaign Kickoff on Monday evening during the pre-game ceremonies at the Elizabethton Twins ballgame.
  Prior to the ballgame a picnic will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Pavilion behind the Twins ballpark. Pre-game activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the ballgame at 7 p.m.
  The goal for the 2005 campaign is $183,000, which will be distributed among seven agencies. United Way agencies include the Community Day Care and Learning Center, UETHDA Elizabethton Neighborhood Service Center, Elizabethton Senior Citizens, American Red Cross, ARM (Assistance and Resource Ministries), Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County, and Boy Scouts - Sequoyah Council.
  Rev. Harold Mains will serve as the 2005 Campaign Chairman. Rev. Mains, who serves as pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in the city, also serves as chaplain to the Elizabethton Twins and to the Elizabethton Police Department.
  This year's campaign is dedicated to the memory of Charles Robinson, a volunteer and long-time member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County. Robinson died earlier this summer of an apparent heart attack. At the pre-game ceremonies, Robinson's family will be recognized and presented with a plaque in appreciation of Robinson's services to United Way.
  "Charlie was very active in United Way and was one of our biggest supporters. We will miss his support this year," said Brenda Wallace, Executive Director of United Way.
  Wallace noting the importance of United Way in the community said, "We receive big results from the amount of money we receive."
  Agencies served by United Way reported:
  * Year-round programs and athletics served 1,333 children.
  * Transportation services, health screenings, programs for fitness, nutrition, and health provided information and services to 739 individuals last year.
  * 16 families were provided assistance after local disasters.
  * 3,527 individuals were provided with basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
  * 78 children received school supplies.
  * 45 pairs of shoes were purchased for the needy.
  * Summer programs provided 125 children, ages 6 to 18 years, with two meals a day, health programs, prevention and character building programs.
  * There were 86 visits to veterans; 35 military families received assistance and communication.
  While many United Way contributors give through the payroll deduction plan, retirees and others are invited to give through a one-time donation, which may be mailed to United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, P.O. Box 1715, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Donations may also be given quarterly or semi-annually.
  Also, donations can be given in memory of a loved one or in tribute to someone or for a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, or special event.
  "United Way is a corporate way of people helping others," said Wallace.