'Partnering for a Better Community' 5K part of different United Way fundraising approach

Posted: Mar. 28, 2013 11:44 am Updated: Apr. 11, 2013 12:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

What Prince Agri Products is doing with its approach to United Way fundraising is an example of what more companies might undertake in the future.

The Quincy company is hosting its third annual "Partnering for a Better Community" 5K run/walk on April 6 as part of its annual United Way fundraising effort.

Laura Hyde of the United Way of Adams County says companies are finding that spreading out fundraising events over the course of the year -- rather than try and pack everything into the relatively small window of the annual fall campaign -- works out well for all involved.

"It keeps the United Way name in front of the community, and it also allows a company's employees to learn more about United Way over a period of time," Hyde said. "It's a fun way to educate both employees and the community."

Spreading out events also allows more time to raise funds for the annual campaign, which generated $1.198 million in 2012 -- about 5 percent more than the original goal of $1.138 million.

"We are committed to working with the community for the betterment of all," Adam Ancelet of Prince Agri products, organizer of the April race, said. "The 5K race has become a tradition and grows more popular each year. It's a great way to promote health, friendship and United Way."

Early registration fees are $20 for ages 18 and older and $10 for ages 5-17. Registration is available at Ancelet said proceeds from the race will be reinvested in the community to address short-term needs and long-term objectives.

The race will begin in the northeast parking lot at the Quincy Mall, proceed to Moorman Park and then return to the mall parking lot, following the course of the former Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis.

More information is available about this event at Questions can be directed to Ancelet at (217) 592-1315 or Tara Hanson at (217) 592-1351.