Burgers and Twinkies bring $11,000 to United Way

Ask Tom Hatcher how many burgers his team served a minute, and he’ll tell you how much money was raised for United Way.

When asked how well the annual United Way Public Service Hamburger Luncheon went, the Circuit Court Clerk was quick to give statistics.

“We served over 1,500 hamburgers, which would have been 8 hamburgers a minute, and we raised around $11,000,” he said.

Patrons also snatched up 250 of Dave Bennett’s special recipe fried Twinkies. Hatcher said this year’s event was outstanding in large part because of the work of the committee members and the fact they started planning early. “We started early having organizational meetings and the Denny and Cindy Mayes, the campaign chairs, really pitched in and helped,” he said.

Hatcher said the success wouldn’t have been possible without help from all the public service personnel in the fire departments and law enforcement from the county and Alcoa and Maryville as well as government employees from the cities and county.

“Everybody worked together and we pulled off a record year this year,” he said. “I want to thank all the sponsors that helped out with making this possible and everybody that volunteered to help and especially the citizens of Blount County that opened up their heart to help the United Way agencies.”

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