It's time to celebrate the more than 319.38 pounds of dollar bills (over $145,000) that the community has given to the United Way of Putnam County and look toward the future at the agency's annual dinner March 14 at Area 30.
Invitations are in the mail to member agencies, but this event is open to anyone who gives to the United Way of Putnam County.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers and spotlights the member agencies that receive funds from the United Way. Many of them will have booths at the event and be available to give information.
Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a short program at 7:15 p.m. The well-known musical group, the Fret Set, has also donated its time to perform at the annual event.
Students in Area 30's Culinary Arts Restaurant Management Class have volunteered to prepare the dinner that will include pork roast and baked chicken, several side dishes, yeast rolls and homemade dessert.
These students will spend a few hours of their class time the Friday before the event preparing some items, but most of the cooking will take place on Saturday.
"They are giving their time to do this," said instructor Mary Ann Birt. "I'll be here with them, but they are giving up a Saturday to do this."
Several member agencies of the United Way will give one to two minute talks. The highlight of the speakers will be one of the culinary students who will speak during the dinner.
The Annual Dinner is sponsored by DePauw University and the United Way.
Cost for the evening is $25 per person. Space may be limited, so RSVP by March 6 to the United Way of Putnam County at 653-5638.