United Way of Stephens County just got a financial boost from Velma.

More than 100 people from the Velma community gathered Tuesday in the community’s safe room. The town held a spaghetti dinner and a silent auction to raise money for the organization.

Loisdawn Jones, United Way of Stephens County executive director, said, “It was a fantastic success.”

Jones said the town raised about $3,000, which would go toward achieving the organization’s 2007 campaign goal.

“The money is going to help us reach our goal of $400,000,” Jones said. “They raised $3,000. There are many generous hearts in Velma.”

She said this is the first time Velma or any of the smaller communities in Stephens County has raised money for the United Way, but she said he hoped it wouldn’t be the last time.

“They’re really hoping it will become an annual event,” Jones said.

The money was raised through the dinner, auction and even the band hired to perform during the event. The band, Eagle Eye Annie, donated part of its performance fee to the United Way.

Jones said auction items ranged from baked goods to a signed football, which helped raise even more money for the organization.

In addition to the money raised, she said she also appreciated the community for supporting the United Way in such a big way.

“As the United Way of Stephens County executive director, I would just like to thank the town of Velma and everyone who helped support the United Way.

“They’re a small community, and they did a wonderful job.”

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