It's not over – United Fund needs you

Published 5:54 pm Monday, November 25, 2002

By By Paul Keane
Tuesday's "rock-a-thon" event for the Atmore United Fund was a needed shot in the arm for the campaign. Raising nearly $10,000 – with more donations expected to come in – definitely helps in raising the needed cash to fund the many organizations served by United Fund.
A few more shots in the arm are needed, though.
In this space, I've pointed out what all United Fund supports throughout the year. There are the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the public library and a multitude of other programs and agencies. These are all agencies that touch the lives of Atmore residents each and every day of the year.
Without a successful campaign, the chance of funding these organizations dwindles significantly, meaning residents of Atmore suffer in the long haul.
That's what makes the annual campaign so vital to the well being of this community. There are no other fundraisers for United Fund, meaning we get one shot to help support some very worthwhile organizations and programs.
Normally, the campaign raises enough money to fund these organizations. With some tough economic times over the past year – especially the closing of Vanity Fair – raising money is a little more difficult this year. That means events such as the "rock-a-thon" are held to help make up deficits.
The bottom line is that United Fund lost more than $20,000 worth of funding when Vanity Fair closed its doors. That's a big chunk to make up.
But we can do it if, in the immortal words of Pink Floyd, "we all pull together as a team."
If it's easier, drop your donations off here at the offices of The Atmore Advance. We'll make sure it gets to the right people and does the most good.
Paul Keane is Publisher of The Atmore Advance. He can be reached by e-mail at

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