Gas Day pumps almost $10,000 into United Way campaign

Pumping gas, cleaning windshields and spreading the word about United Way was the mission of more than 200 volunteers on United Way Gas Day on Oct. 23. Their mission was successful as their efforts, and the generosity of all three Blount County gas distributors, raised almost $10,000 for the organization.

Gas Day netted $9,723.85 for United Way of Blount County’s annual campaign. “Tips” gathered by volunteer pumpers accounted for $5,869.85 of the amount raised.

Jim Woroniecki, who co-chaired the one-day event with Sharon Moore, was very pleased.

“I am pleasantly surprised that in such an economy people are so willing to give of their time and their money to United Way,” Woroniecki said. “This truly is a testament to the giving spirit in Blount County.”

Volunteers were stationed at 13 area E-Z Stop, KenJo Market, Mr. Gas, On-the-Run and Townsend IGA locations for Gas Day.

Calloway Oil, Downey Oil, McNutt Oil and Townsend IGA all donated a portion of the day’s gasoline sales to United Way of Blount County.

Volunteers from local Blount County, City of Alcoa and City of Maryville police, fire and administrative departments supported the event.

Companies and organizations that also provided volunteers for Gas Day included Alcoa Inc., Blount Today, BB&T, Bank East, Blount County Habitat for Humanity, CBBC, Denso, First Tennessee Bank, Foothills Bank and Trust, Hicks and Law Insurors Inc., Leadership Blount, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Realty III, Rural Metro, Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Townsend Kiwanis and Wal-Mart.

Gas Day is one of several special events that benefit United Way of Blount County. Others include the United Way Golf Tournament, United Way Motorcycle Ride, the Public Service Hamburger Luncheon and special days at area restaurants with a portion of the proceeds going to United Way.

Campaign Chairman John Hinkle was very happy with the community’s support. “Every special event this year has improved over last year, which is fantastic. Thanks to all of our volunteers for making this event a great success,” he said.

United Way of Blount County supports programs that address health, education and self-sufficiency. For more information or to give to United Way, please visit liveunitedblount.org or call 865-982-2251.

Campaign Victory Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20.

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