LIMA — Throughout the year, the Lima community has been recognizing the accomplishments of the United Way of Greater Lima.
In September, The Lima News published several articles promoting what United Way does for the greater Lima area.
On Saturday night, the United Way celebrated a milestone with a special event at the Lima Knights of Columbus hall.
“Tonight is really marking a significant milestone for United Way of Greater Lima. We are celebrating our 100th anniversary. Tonight, we’re bringing together hundreds of volunteers who have given tirelessly of their time to really help those in our community who are struggling to make ends meet. Tonight’s not only honoring our past, but it’s a celebration of our future. When you think about everything our community has seen over the past 100 years and [how the] United Way has been able to keep its doors open and remain viable, it’s quite an accomplishment, and we’re celebrating that here,” said Brenda Burgy, a co-chair of this year’s United Way campaign.
“I think it’s a night where we’re all coming together to celebrate the 100th anniversary, and it’s just really special tonight because we’re recognizing people in this community that has supported us for so many years. Gathering together like this is just such a positive important thing for us to do,” said Angie Clark, past campaign chair.
The United Way still serves an important role in the community.
“United Way is really a safety net of sorts for our community. We support 19 agencies and 25 programs that are helping people of all ages and from all walks of life. One donation to the United Way supports all of those agencies. I’m not sure there’s another organization quite like it in this community, and I think it’s incredibly important that we come together, we collaborate because no one can do it alone anymore. United Way is a very unique organization and can do that, can bring people together, organizations together to improve people’s quality of life,” said Burgy.
During the evening, students from Lima Senior, Shawnee and Spencerville schools entertained the audience with music that was written over the past 100 years.
Lima Memorial Health Systems was the key sponsor for the evening.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.