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United Way volunteers raise $5,700 in Gas Day tips

United Way’s annual Gas Day fundraiser brought in more than $5,000 in tips to volunteer attendants who participated on Oct. 3.

Volunteers worked shifts at convenience stores and gas stations throughout Blount County from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The individuals pumped fuel, washed windows and helped motorists all for tips that went to the 2008 United Way campaign.

According to United Way of Blount County, volunteers raised $2,925.47 in the morning and $2,753.90 in the afternoon for a total of $5,709.19.

Sharon Moore and Boyce Smith co-chaired the event. “The enthusiasm was great, especially for the gas prices to be what they were when we had Gas Day,” Moore said.

Oil companies McNutt Oil, Calloway Oil and Downey Oil also donate a percentage of the day’s fuel sales to United Way Gas Day in addition to tips raised by volunteers. Moore said the totals had not come in yet as far as the amount of money coming from the oil companies. They also raised money selling United Way “Got Gas” T-shirts.

Aaron Killian, marketing coordinator for United Way of Blount County, said Gas Day went well despite the perception of a negative economy. “We had over 200 volunteers who came out and joined us on a beautiful Friday to pump gas and clean windshields for United Way. That’s a good day.”

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