Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Zombies Live United Too!

Ghosts, zombies, witches, and volunteers made the last few days of October very memorable.

On Thursday, October 29th we were fortunate enough to have volunteers from Wal-Mart’s unclaimed property department sacrificed a few hours of their day to stuff over 2,000 P&G Beauty goodie bags for the annual Ladies Night Out.

The Democrat Gazette and Proctor and Gamble sponsored Ladies Night Out. Amy Linimon, Vice President of Resource Development, received a $1,000 check on behalf of United Way from Jim Blankenship from the Democrat Gazette and Tim Marrin from Proctor and Gamble.

Friday, October 30th I was back on the campaign trail headed to Fayetteville.
The City of Fayetteville took their United Way campaign kickoff to a new spooky level this year. I was one of the first people to arrive to the kickoff and sat next to the front where I would be speaking.

The City of Fayetteville has a very active approach to meeting the needs of the community. Last year they raised more than any other city in Northwest Arkansas! Mayor Jordan has even implemented a continuous food drive for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

Bonnie Pay, the in-house campaign coordinator, had arranged the kickoff to include a Halloween costume contest.

“The city employees are very competitive,” she warned, “be ready for some interesting costumes.”

After turning off my phone and getting my notes in order, I looked up and jumped at the sight of about 15 zombies entering the room. Their white faces were bleeding and their walks were rigid.

I heard someone say, “That’s the IT Department. They always go all out.”

A biker, an umpa lumpa, a headless horseman, witches, and 1950’s girls in poodle skirts made their way to the meeting.

After all of our remarks, the man I was sitting next to opened his computer. A little confused I watched the screen to see what he was doing. A music screen popped up and he hit play.

I heard the beat- da na na na na na, da na na na na na. The zombies stood up and limped towards the front of the room.

In my head I could hear the words, “It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark.”

If you haven’t figured it out yet. The IT department performed the dance to Michael Jackson’s song Thriller.

What a show! They won first place in the costume contest of course.

If costumes aren’t your thing, that’s ok. There are plenty of ways to make your United Way campaign unique. The beauty of joining the Live United movement is using your own talents and interests to advance the common good of all.

Special thanks to:
* Wal-Mart unclaimed property department volunteers
* Jim Blankenship from the Democrat Gazette
* Tim Marrin from P&G
* City of Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan
* Bonnie Pay, City of Fayetteville United Way in-house campaign coordinator
* All City of Fayetteville employees
* Lana Harris from the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

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