GREENSBURG — Thanks to the many hungry patrons, the recent United Fund Strawberry Festival was a huge success and brought the organization $14,005 closer to its campaign goal.
A grand total of 1,197 pre-orders were placed and delivered throughout the morning and early afternoon of June 10 in Decatur County. Several hundred more were served in the outdoor tent on the south side of the Decatur County Courthouse.
“This event would not be possible without the continued support and generosity of KB Specialty Foods, who donate strawberries, shortbread and whipped topping for the festival,” said DCUF Executive Director Joane Cunningham. “Our thanks also go to First Presbyterian Church for their excellent facility, Stone’s Farm Service for using the Kubota to transport supplies, Decatur County Commissioners for allowing us to use the courthouse lawn and to Ellis Events for the red and white tent to help keep everyone cool on the long day. Also, Mark Klosterkemper for providing the wheelie bins and lane cones. All help is much appreciated.
Of course, the Strawberry Festival is not a party without the help of many volunteers. Over 100 dedicated people volunteered throughout the day.
South Decatur peer helpers helped put together the many pre-orders. YMCA staff members manned the driveway into the plaza while First Financial employees served shortbread at the tent. Seventeen housewives from Purdue County Extension-Decatur cut berries starting at 7 a.m. Delta Faucet employees helped cut berries and also assisted with deliveries throughout the day. Several other people have volunteered for local businesses such as Farm Credit Mid-America, RBSK, Speranza House, Edward Jones-Charla Nash and Catch A Ride. The Decatur County United Fund Board and staff worked all day to make this event a success.
Cunningham said the Decatur County United Fund is very grateful for everyone’s help and continued support. The dollars will support 16 nonprofit organizations providing valuable programs and services to residents of Decatur County.