United Way to have annual kick-off

| July 28, 2015

COSHOCTON – For 11 years, the United Way of Coshocton has kicked off their new campaign by inviting local restaurants and caterers to showcase samples of the foods they serve to area people, called the Taste of Coshocton.

It began at the Court Square but has moved to Lake Park Pavilion to accommodate the weather.

This year, the Taste of Coshocton will be Thursday, Aug. 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the United Way office, 402 Main Street, with office hours of Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or you can purchase them from a board member. Board members are: Lynn Jacobs, Tom Heading, Joy Padgett, Patty Paul, Bob Mauch, Kevin Ratcliffe, Tim Rohr, Tina Stoffer, John Larson, Emily Adams, Craig Dukes, Beccy Porteus, Susan Turner, Delia Meek, Kay Lane, and Mindy Duncan. Make sure to get your tickets ahead as it was sold out last year. Tickets cannot be held at the door.

There will be 15 area restaurants and caterers sharing samples of food they serve from which a ticket holder may pick 10 tastes for $10. Children’s tickets are also available for those under 12 years of age, $5 for five tastes.

A raffle for 14 Longaberger Baskets filled by the Partner Agencies will also be held that night. The baskets are worth anywhere from $150 – $300. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Those tickets can be purchased from any Partner Agency, the United Way office or that evening. You need not be present to win.

Music will be provided by Brad Fuller, and Kirby Hasseman will be Master of Ceremonies.

The United Way currently supports 18 local agencies and is in the process of taking on another. Last year, those 18 agencies served over 20,000 Coshocton residents. Dollars donated through the United Way of Coshocton stay local to make local impact. Programs include both safety net services and educational and guiding services that ultimately lead to self-sufficiency.

The United Way of Coshocton County also supports several Community Impact Initiates through grant dollars including:


  • 2-1-1 Free phone number to call to find out what services are available here in Coshocton County
  • Imagination Library – Free book program for any child ages infant – 5 living in Coshocton County
  • Free Tax Prep available January to April
  • FamilyWize Prescription program – Reduced costs for prescriptions
  • New this year! Crunch Out Obesity program for 4th graders in all the county schools – providing free exercise balls and nutrition journals

Any questions can be answered by calling the United Way office at (740)622-4567.

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