OTTAWA — The United Way of Putnam County will kick off its 2014
fundraising campaign with an Appetizer Extravaganza and the 1st Annual
Putnam County Wing Championship. This event officially marks the
beginning of United Way’s 2014 fundraising efforts. The Kick-off will be
held Thursday, Sept. 11, at The Schroeder Center for the Arts, 162 W.
Main Street, Ottawa, and the public is invited. Attendees will each
receive a wing voting ballot, one drink ticket and a variety of
appetizers throughout the evening.
The wing competition, open to
Putnam County restaurants only, will feature chicken wings served up by
Henry’s Restaurant, Millie’s Café, Red Pig Inn, Smoke E’s Bar and Grill,
and The Schnipke Inn. Prizes will be awarded in two divisions. The
“2014 Putnam County Wing Champion” will selected by a panel of five
designated “blind” judges and the “People’s Choice Wing Award” will be
named by ballot vote. Wing sampling and judging will begin at 7 p.m. and
prizes will be awarded at 8 p.m.
Following the wing competition,
the 2014 United Way Campaign Chairman, Mike Schumaker, will announce the
2014 fundraising goal and campaign theme and announce the results of
the Pacesetter campaigns already held or currently underway. The 2014
Pacesetter companies include Fortman Insurance Services, Palpac
Industries Inc., First Federal Bank, FLR Insurance, and Crime Victim
Services. Schumaker, Community Banking Center Manager at the First
Federal Bank of Ottawa, is in his second year of chairing the United Way
Tickets for the Kick-Off are $10 each and are available
from United Way board members and by calling the United Way of Putnam
County at 419-523-4505.