Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Local News

March 5, 2013

United Way of Cass County to honor 75 years of history of service

Gala will commemorate anniversary and the people who have contributed throughout the 75 years

Planning, preparation and weekly Friday morning meetings have led up to the 75th anniversary gala celebration for the United Way of Cass County.

The gala will commemorate the 75-year milestone as a nonprofit organization.

The Logansport Community Chest, Inc., later becoming the United Way of Cass County, was founded by 22 people July 26, 1937. Some of the founders were Glenn L. Miller, M. W. Morris, Charles Muehlhausen and Frank Sibley. Their purpose was to conduct Community Chest and other campaigns and distribute funds to organizations determined to be wise for educational, charitable, literary and other purposes. Although Community Chest became United Fund of Cass County in 1956 and United Way of Cass County in 1973, Joyce Mayhill, who has been executive director for 16 years, said the mission is similar.

“The mission and commitment remain strong and consistent,” Mayhill said. “We facilitate a community that cares for one another.”

Although the commitment has been consistent, it has evolved and expanded over the years, Mayhill said.

Today, United Way’s mission is to increase organized capacity of Cass County residents and promote education of human care services. United Way also addresses community needs through member agencies and programs.

There are three United Way member agencies today the Community Chest also had; Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and The Salvation Army.

United Way programs include a backpack program, providing food for impoverished elementary students, and they support encourage children to read through the Reading Railroad program. Money given to United Way, through contributions and pledges, goes back in to the community through programs like these.

United Way is having the gala event to commemorate not only the 75th anniversary, but the people who have contributed and volunteered with United Way over the years.

The planning for the gala to commemorate the celebration has been underway since July 2011. A group of ladies met Friday mornings leading up to the event. Joyce Ameen was one of the people who have helped plan the event.

“We’ve been trying to find United Way history people might not know,” Ameen said. “The challenge is narrowing the history down.”  

Mayhill said it has been fun looking through old scrapbooks. She said they have been sharing photos from specific decades on their Facebook page, including a Cass County “500” United Way queen, a brochure from 1974 when the campaign goal was $233,474 and photos showing chair members receiving awards in the 1980s. These photos can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Way-of-Cass-County/20665178983.

Mayhill also said she noticed advertisements changing for United Way over the years.

“We now have people with these smiling faces to show the result of what we’re doing,” Mayhill said. “The end result of what we’re doing is good. It is so much larger now.”

The gala to celebrate, reflect, and award is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Angies Catering. Mayhill said they have 23 corporations coming and are expecting more than 200 people. Founders, past board presidents and campaign chairs will be recognized. There will also be a Diamond award presentation and an Arden Cramer Humanitarian Award presentation.  

Ameen said they want to remind people to stop and enjoy the moment.

“We want to tell people to enjoy the present, enjoy this moment,” Ameen said. “We want to remind people, as you can see through 75 years of United Way, time passes.”

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police blotter: April 25, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 24, 2014

  • NWS-PT042414 Princess Singing-MAK Fairy tale remix: Lewis Cass presents "Once Upon a Mattress" WALTON -- Barbra Burch played Queen Aggravain in Lewis Cass High School's 1985 production of "Once Upon a Mattress." Twenty-nine years later, she is directing the musical at the school. "It's kind of surreal," she said. "There are some things that ta

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Indiana Packers opening Frankfort plant FRANKFORT -- Delphi-based Indiana Packers bought a former Birchwood Foods meat plant in Frankfort and plans to reopen it this summer. Indiana Packers, which employs 2,000 full time at its Delphi plant, is investing $2.28 million to purchase, renovate

    April 24, 2014

  • Minding the nutrition gap Almost one in five children in Cass County who sometimes don't have access to enough food for a healthy life aren't eligible for federal assistance programs designed to address that lack, a new study indicates. Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap proj

    April 24, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mall mortgage up for auction The mortgage note for the Logansport Mall is scheduled to be sold at auction early next month. Foreclosure procedures for the mall began when lawyers for Algonquin State Bank, N.A., out of Algonquin, Ill., filed a complaint against the mall's owner -

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT042314 Earth Day4.jpg Being kind to their mother: Lewis Cass students plant trees on Earth Day WALTON -- Weeks of planning came together Tuesday as students planted 22 trees on the grounds of Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School in observance of Earth Day. Amy Densborn, a science teacher at Lewis Cass, wanted to plant the trees so that students in s

    April 23, 2014 5 Photos

  • NWS-PT042314 Bags.jpg Students collect 2,475 pounds of plastic bags The Cass County Solid Waste Management District now knows to be careful what you ask for. The district opted to again this year host its plastic shopping bag contest for area elementary schools in observance of Earth Day. Overall, the district recei

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate sues for religious services at Miami County prison BUNKER HILL – A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 22, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 22, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition