Campaign opens at Underwood's Aug. 10, Bill and Diana Ellis to serve as chairs

The kick-off to the 2017 Brown County United Way campaign will again be at Underwood’s Cafeteria in Brownwood, where area residents are invited to dine from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. All profits from the luncheon will be donated to the campaign.

Wednesday is usually the one day of the week Underwood’s is closed, but the cafeteria’s employees will donate their time to cook and serve the meal. United Way board members and agency representative will be on hand to hand out rolls and help bus tables.

“We are also very pleased to announce our chairs for this year’s campaign,” United Way Executive Director Karen Lynch said. “Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis from Howard Payne University have graciously agreed to be our Campaign Chairs, representing our campaign throughout Brown County.”

The luncheon kicks off a campaign that allows donors to make a donation that will benefit 13 separate agencies throughout 2017.

“Diana and I feel both honored and privileged to be asked to co-chair this important campaign for Brown County United Way,” Dr. Bill Ellis, president of Howard Payne University, said. “This is an opportunity for all of us to help those who are the most needy and vulnerable in our community.

“We hope everyone will join us in giving to support these worthwhile and important organizations, which the United Way helps fund.”

In conjunction with the kick-off, the Brown County United Way will hold a “Stuff the Bus” campaign throughout that week. A school bus will be parked at several locations to collect supplies students will need at school. The bus locations follow:

Monday, Aug. 8 — United Supermarket, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Brookshire’s, 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 — Underwood’s Cafeteria, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 — Staples, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 — Walmart, Noon to 6 p.m. The supplies will be distributed by the Salvation Army to students in the Brownwood, Bangs, Blanket, Brookesmith, Early, May and Zephyr school districts.

“We are very excited to be able to once again collect school supplies to benefit our community,” Lynch said. “Our hope is that this will be something everyone can participate in and help benefit all of the children in our county.”

Lynch added that many children in this community are unable to obtain the supplies they need for school.

“We hope that this will be something we can continue to do every year, and that it will grow and we will truly be able to ‘Stuff the Bus’ and fill it with school supplies.”

The Brown County United Way supports 13 agencies that benefit the people of Brown County: the American Red Cross, The Ark Domestic Violence Shelter, Brown County 4-H, Brown County Association of Retarded Citizens, Brown County Home Solutions, Brownwood Community Resource Council for the benefit of TJJD youth, Boys and Girls Club of Brown County, Cancer Services Network, CASA, Family Services Center, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key Program, and The Salvation Army.