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November 6, 2013

United Way Spud Luncheon a success

DUNCAN — More than 300 potatoes were sold at this year’s Simmons Center Spud Luncheon fundraiser for the United Way of Stephens County.

This success of Monday’s fundraiser resulted in a $1,500 donation to the United Way, which is almost triple what the event raised during its first year in 2013. Several delivery orders contributed to the end result, as well as the work of several Simmons Center employees.

“I think each of the Duncan schools had orders and several local businesses,” said Junior Harris, Simmons Center executive director. “The staff did all the work.”

Lauren Ellis, United Way director, and Haylee Root, 2014 campaign chair, were present to receive the donation from the Simmons Center on Tuesday.

“I’ll be able to rest easy because of you all,” said Ellis.

Between proceeds from the Spud Luncheon and donations given by employees, right now the Simmons Center is planning on giving at least $5,500 to the United Way this year. That is almost double what the organization gave last year.

“The Simmons Center is one of several businesses who have offered incentives to give,” said Ellis. “It’s really amazing when the CEO backs the campaign.”

One way Harris is encouraging his employees to give to the campaign is to offer a half-day off if they give a “fair share” donation, which is one hour’s pay each month.

“If they give a fair share donation, they also get put into a drawing for a full day off,” said Harris.

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