Darke County United Way with Youniques, Montage Cafe, CenturyLink, Farmers State Bank, Littman Thomas, The Bootery, and Second National Bank celebrated the fourth annual Runway & Rhythm event.
The event raised $4,863 for the Bridge the Gap fund through United Way to help residents with mortgage, rent and utility assistance at or below 225 percent of the poverty level to help keep families safe in their homes, and make it through short-term hard economic times such as job loss or disability. Ninety guests came to the event to enjoy drinks and food from Montage and a fashion show by Youniques. The Dick Helman Trio played wonderful music throughout the night sponsored by the Bootery. Participants bid on silent auction items, and guests brought canned food items for the local United Way partner pantries.
The Darke County United Way board of directors and staff would like to sincerely thank Montage Café and Youniques for putting on such a wonderful event for the United Way. Their gracious generosity strengthens this community. Youniques fashion show featured the latest fall fashions with lots of colors and great fabrics and Don Lockhart prepared fantastic music for the fashion show. We also want to thank our other major sponsors including CenturyLink, Farmers State Bank, Littman-Thomas Agency, The Bootery and Second National Bank for supporting this event and our Bridge the Gap programs. We would like to give a special thank you to the Dick Helman Trio for providing an evening of great dance music. The crowd loved singing with the band and dancing.
We would like to thank our lovely models from the fashion show including Linda Pease, Dalene Thomas, Kathy Lockhart, Krista Stump, Penny King, Susan Howell, Barbara Carroll, PJ Copp, Kara Hanes, Kim Guttadore, Mary Riffle and Lauren Henry. Bethany Poteet at Studio One graciously did hair and makeup for the event and everyone looked great.
United Way would also like to thank the following businesses for donating items for the event including: Second National Bank, Montage, Youniques, The Bootery, Wayne HealthCare, We Knead U’s Chelsea Westfall, Rena Slater and Jostin Schimmoeller, Beauty Systems Group, Romer’s Catering, Massage on Main-Betty Via, Miami Valley AAA, Darke County YMCA, Readmore Hallmark, Ivy League, Isabel Culbertson, Spencer’s Landscaping, KitchenAid Experience, D’Alessio Italian Restaurant, Star Greenhouse, The Coffee Pot, Sweet Annie’s Cabin, Pamela’s Intimate Apparel, Hannah’s Garden Center, Studio One, Country Primitives, Michael’s Fine Clocks, Bear’s Mill, Merle Norman, Mary Kay-Rita McCans, Sharper Image, Flory’s Landscaping, Wieland’s, Turtle Creek Golf Course, Beechwood Golf Course, Artifacts, Cavalier Clothing, Touch of Heart Therapeutic Medical Massage’s Diane Crawford, Tracy Briner, and Gianna Neff, Candy Bouquet, AMS Uniforms, and Brenda’s Beanery. For more information about Darke County United Way or to donate, visit www.darkecountyunitedway.org.
Lauren Henry, Executive Director
Darke County United Way