The two also hosted a non-perishable items food fundraiser that helped collect 400 pounds of food for food pantries across the county.
The Mill Pond fundraiser, which accepted food items such as cans of soup and boxed food items, also accepted financial contributions that would be sent directly to the United Way. Overall, they collected $2,039.54, which will be a big help for the United Way in their efforts to reach their goal of $175,000 in donations by the end of February, said David English, executive director of the United Way of Putnam County.
"They (Mill Pond) want to be involved in county projects," English said. "They understand the concept."
The plethora of new fundraising programs with different organizations has made January more busy than usual and is helping them with their final push. It has also helped cover the decrease in individual donations over the past few years.
"The number of individual donors hasn't really changed," English said. "What has changed is somebody that gave $100 gave $50. Someone that gave $50 gave $25. That was a year ago. This year what I'm seeing is the people that gave $50 a year ago are now giving $25."
The food will be spread out to all the food pantries in the county. Putnam County Emergency Fund will receive some of the donations, as will others in the county.
The fundraiser also received support from WREB radio and the Banner Graphic.