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United Way hosting telethon Wednesday
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WORTHINGTON — The United Way of Nobles County is hosting its annual telethon from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Worthington High School.

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Funds raised by the United Way Nobles County at its telethon — as well as throughout its annual capital campaign — are distributed to many non-profit organizations and other local agencies. Twenty-one agencies have applied for funding this year.

United Way raises funds through the community by sending out brochures to residential areas and hosts other fundraising events, with its biggest being the yearly telethon.

“For our 2014 campaign, which started in September, the goal is $160,000,” said Heidi Hanten, President of United Way for Nobles County. “So far, I believe we are at $13,000.”

The auction will be televised live on Worthington Cable TV 3 and aired on local Radio Works stations, but people are also encouraged to head down to the high school to check out a variety of vendors and hear live entertainment.

“We have a few different things going on during the telethon,” Hanten said. “We’re doing a Taste of Nobles County, where 11 local businesses have donated food, and for $5 you can sample all of the tastes of Nobles County. The proceeds will also be going back to United Way funding.”

Among the Taste of Nobles County participants are the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers, the Nobles County Dairy Association and restaurants such as the Long Branch, Hickory Lodge and Pizza Ranch.

In addition to several vendors, a silent auction is also part of the fundraiser.

“It’s a great start for people who want to begin their Christmas shopping,” Hanten added.

Some of the local shopping vendors include Tastefully Simple, Deb’s Décor & More and Celebrating Home, as well as six others.

The telethon’s silent auction will have more than 100 items up for bid. Some of the big ticket items include: a signed baseball from Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins; four tickets to Green Day’s “American Idiot” musical at the Washington Pavilion (donated by Wells Fargo Bank); a one-night stay at Grand Casino; and four tickets to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (winner’s game of choice).

The support of the community is pertinent to organizations like United Way, Hanten said.

“These funds not only help the agencies, but the people of Nobles County,” she said. “I think of agencies who have applied for the funding, like the Worthington food pantry and the YMCA. If they have additional funding, that benefits everyone.”

“Many of the nonprofit organizations wouldn’t exist or be able to do what they do without this kind of help,” she added.

For more information, call 372-7541.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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