Representatives of Brown County United Way agencies are joining hands today to boost the 2008 campaign now under way with a fund-raising luncheon.

“We are excited about this fund-raiser,” said Jan Cate, CEO of the Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council Inc., one of 14 United Way agencies. “It will give our agencies a lot of exposure, as well as benefit the United Way.”

The fund-raiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. today at the parking lot of Wendlee Broadcasting on Fisk Avenue, across the street from the Brown County Extension Office. The menu will include a hamburger or sausage wrap, plus homemade cookies, chips and a soft drink for $5.

Cate said a call has been issued for representatives from all of the United Way’s 14 member agencies to assist with the luncheon.

“This event is totally planned by the United Way agencies,” Karen Lynch, executive director of the Brown County United Way, said. “They’re doing this all on their own.”

The United Way board was told Thursday afternoon that the campaign, which began during the first week of September, stands at 23 percent of its $325,000 goal, with only a few of its traditional major contributors having reported.

The United Way agencies are the American Red Cross, Association of Retarded Citizens, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club, Brown County 4-H Clubs, Cancer Services Network, CASA, Family Services Center, Girl Scouts of America, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key, Mid-Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Salvation Army Loaves and Fishes, and Small World Child Development.