By Tim Leeds
The United Way of Hill County has some efforts under way to raise money for its local 2002 campaign, in addition to traditional payroll deduction.
One fund-raiser is the sale of T-shirts in memory of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The shirts, made for United Way by Master Sports, are printed with "United We Stand," "Montana's Hi-Line" and "U.S.A," plus a U.S. flag.
The shirts cost $10 and are available at 15 local businesses. Four dollars of the price goes to Master Sports for the cost of making the shirts, and $6 goes to the local 2002 United Way campaign.
United Way executive director Bob Rice said the United Way's goal is to sell 1,000 shirts. It has sold 500 in the first week.
The United Way of Hill County is setting up a repeat of the Monday Night Football fund- raiser it did last year, Rice said. There will be a steak and baked potato dinner for $3 at Boxcars, starting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19, the night of the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.
There will be football-related door prizes, a raffle and a football pool during the event. Rice said the United Way has contacted the Eagles and Giants, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings to see if the teams will donate anything for the fund-raiser.
Last year the Packers sent an autographed football for the event, Rice said, and the Vikings sent a players guide autographed by Randy Moss.
All of the proceeds of the event will go to the 2002 campaign, Rice said. Last year the United Way made $1,300 from the event, he added.
"We want everybody that can to show up. It's open to the public," he said. "If you're a football fan we expect you to show up."
The money raised by United Way of Hill County will be used to help Hill County organizations.