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14th Annual Hot Wing Eating Contest

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The 14th annual United Way Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings and hosted at Grant Middle School will take place on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:30pm.

Each team entering the contest must consist of five contestants. At least one of the contestants per team must be a female. Each team entering must raise a minimum of seventy-five dollars in sponsorship. There is only enough room for thirty five teams, so teams should be sure to sign-up as soon as possible.… Read More


Tri-Rivers Partners with United Way to Impact & Strengthen Community

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MARION, OHIO – United Way of Marion County will work with more than 200 Tri-Rivers Career Center students on Monday, September 29th as a part of its LIVE UNITED volunteer activities designed to make an immediate and positive impact in the Marion community. On the 29th, every senior class at Tri-Rivers will blitz the community with a variety of activities, including building raised garden beds for Marion Senior Center, preparing the meals for The Salvation Army’s soup kitchens, and sorting books at Goodwill Industries.… Read More


New Automated Phone System Launch for City of Marion

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The City of Marion has upgraded to a new automated phone system. When a citizen calls the City at 387-2020, they will be greeted with an automated message with menu options helping to direct them to one of several city departments. This new system will automatically connect various departments without using a live person.

The City’s new Mitel phone system utilizes Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), which is an automated calling technology that uses the internet instead of traditional phone lines.… Read More


Two New Members Join Marion Community Foundation

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Two new members have been welcomed to the Marion Community Foundation Board of Trustees, announced president and CEO Dean L. Jacob. The new board members include: Judge Deb Alspach and Tom Clark. These new members maintain the board at its full complement of 15 members.

With this election, Alspach returns to Marion Community Foundation, having served as one of the board of trustees’ charter members (1998-2006), as well as creator of the Don Alspach Memorial Fund, established in 2008 in memory of her late husband for the benefit of the Prairie Parks Foundation.… Read More


United Way Campaign Officially Kicks Off

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The United Way of Marion County’s 78th annual campaign officially kicked off on Thursday, September 18th. The event, in conjunction with Marion Area Chamber’s Business After Hours, was hosted by Marion Public Library. The theme for the campaign is “UN1TE: It takes just one person to change one life. Be the ONE.”

United Way 2014 Campaign Chair, Diane Watson, announced that the organization had set a goal of $1,000,000, which will be used to support 18 local agencies who provide 33 different programs in the areas of education, income, health, and safety net.… Read More


Annual fundraising campaign to kick-off for Marion community

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United Way of Marion County will kick-off its annual fundraising campaign Thursday, September 18 at 5:15 p.m. at the Marion Area Chamber’s Business After Hours Event, to be held at and sponsored by the Marion Public Library (445 East Church Street).

“Each year we host a public kick-off to rally the community to create positive impact through support to United Way,” said United Way of Marion County Executive Director Pam Stone.… Read More


Marion Community Foundation Accepts Donations For ALS

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MARION, OH – When it comes to supporting those suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Marion Community Foundation is ten years ahead of the curve of the current ice bucket challenge. Established in 2004, the Spencer C. Stephens Flamingo Fund is a donor advised fund at Marion Community Foundation which makes awards to the ALS Association’s Central and Southern Ohio Chapter.

“The Spencer C. Stephens Flamingo Fund is one example of our many designated funds that generous individuals have established at Marion Community Foundation to benefit specific, worthy, local causes such as Marion General Hospice, vision care, child care, arthritis treatment, Parkinson’s Delay the Disease, HIV/AIDS care, Wounded Warriors Project, the welfare of persons with disabilities, and others,” said Dean Jacob, president and CEO of Marion Community Foundation.… Read More