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'Radiothon' slated for next Wednesday

WORTHINGTON -- The United Way of Nobles County is kicking off its new year with a "Radio-thon" event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Worthington High School gymnasium. The goal is to raise $6,000 at the event, and $150,000 for the year.

Instead of the typical "Tele-thon", the fundraiser will be broadcast on the radio, 104.3 FM, and 730 AM, Alicia Jensen of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce said, adding she expects about 200 to 300 people to attend.

New this year is a Taste of Worthington, which allows people to buy a plate and sample food from multiple vendors.

"We were trying to think of different ways to draw in more people," Jensen said. "We thought it would be a good place for restaurants to showcase what they have."

She said the food and time is being donated, so the money raised will go directly to the United Way.

The event offers a way for organizations to come in and talk about what they do and why the United Way funds are important to them, Jensen said.

"It gets people to come down and see what the United Way is all about," she said. "They get a little bit more idea of what their money is going to."

"I want everyone to come out to engage with the United Way, engage with neighbors and with those around them that may have needs, and make our community a better place to live," said Colin O'Donnell, president of the United Way of Nobles County.

In addition to the food, vendors will have items for sale including jewelry, make-up, and various household items, Jensen said, adding it's a good time to start Christmas shopping.

There will also be a silent auction featuring donated items.

Why give

O'Donnell said people should give to the United Way because, "You live in this community -- you all benefit directly and indirectly from helping out those around you.

"We raise money and then we give the money to different entities," he continued. "About 85 percent of the money goes right back out to those agencies."

The United Way raises money for people in need, but also "gives to organizations that help build up our community and make it a better (place)," O'Donnell said.

The Nobles County chapter has a volunteer board of about 20 members.

"Each year (the board) looks at all the applications and agency budgets and what they are doing in the community and try to best spread out the money," O'Donnell said.

For those interested in donating their time to volunteer, O'Donnell said the agencies they serve have multiple opportunities available.

"The giving in our community has been tremendous," he said. "Our community is made of people who do care about those around them and give."

The great thing about giving to the United Way is all of the funds stay local, Jensen said.

"So you know when you give a donation it's going to stay in the Nobles County area."

Daily Globe Reporter Kayla Strayer may be reached at 376-7322.