2017 Torchlight Campaign Kick-off Event

Friday, September 29 from 5-7pm at the Struthers Library Theatre featuring 2 new events!


Two new contests are being added to this year's fun at the Kick-Off Event for the United Fund of Warren County 2017 campaign.  The Event will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29th, at the Library Theater.

The first contest for this potato-themed event is "Best Dressed Potato," open to children twelve years old and younger.  A panel of judges will decide which entries show the greatest creativity, and potatoes may be dressed as people, animals, plants, aliens or other identifiable entities.  There are few rules, although handmade creations will be preferred over those utilizing ready-made components.  Entries should be brought to the Theater lobby between 5:00 and 5:20 p.m. on the day of the event, and judging will follow immediately.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries at the indoor portion of the event at 6:15 p.m.

The second contest is for photographs taken during the event, whether at the indoor or outdoor portions of the program.  Entries can be submitted digitally to Jim Goodling at jagoodling@unitedfundofwarrencounty.org after the event, through Friday, October 6th.  At least two photographs will be chosen by October 20th to be highlighted on the United Fund's website's front page and Facebook page.  Selection will be made by the Event's planning committee. 

Each year, the United Fund campaign begins with an opening event, and the last four years have focused on Warren County's tradition of helping.  The potato theme comes from a 1911 advertisement in a Warren newspaper which promised free admission to a movie at the Library Theater for those people bringing "a nice, large potato" to the annual food drive.  Again this year, admission to the Event is one potato per person, with all potatoes going to the Salvation Army.

The event will feature The Bubble Gum Machine outside the Theater from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.  The third annual Potato Peeling Contest will take place at 5:45, and the program will then move into the Theater for a short presentation about the United Fund followed by a cartoon and silent movie (just like in 1911!).  Further details about the program will be forthcoming.

Anyone with questions about the Event or its contests should contact Jim Goodling at 726-0292 or at the email address listed above.

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