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Gateway to host annual phone-a-thon

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 4:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013 5:17 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Celebrating its 43rd year, Gateway Services Inc. has announced its 26th annual phone-a-thon will be June 24-25 at Heartland Bank Trust Department in Princeton.

The phone-a-thon, Gateway Services’ largest fundraising event, is similar to a telethon with volunteer callers working to contact past supporters of Gateway. More than 30 volunteer callers dedicate their time to ensure the phone-a-thon’s success.

This year, Gateway Services has set a goal of $45,000. Funds raised will be used to continue to provide quality services to children and adults with disabilities in Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties.

Bruce Jewelers of Princeton has donated a 14K white and rose gold open heart one diamond pendant valued at $395. The pendant includes a 14K white gold 18-inch rope chain. Donor names will go into a raffle, and the winner will be chosen after the phone-a-thon. New donors may also call Gateway Services before the phone-a-thon to be eligible for this raffle.

Area businesses generously donate prizes that are awarded to the top volunteer callers, and are also sponsoring the two-day event. Phone-a-thon sponsors are Midland States Bank, Dave and Patricia McDonald, Oil Wizard and Piehl’s. Gateway Services has also received donations from Wyanet Locker, Main Street BBQ, Hornbaker Gardens, Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton Public Library, Monical’s, Festival 56, Family Video, Wyaton Hills Golf Course and Flowers by Julia.

Volunteers will kick off the event with phone calls beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday and conclude at 8:30 p.m. The same schedule will be followed on June 25. The phone-a-thon will be sending out letters to past supporters if they are not reached by phone during the event.

Gateway Services Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Princeton which provides services to individuals with disabilities.

For any more information, to donate or sponsor the phone-a-thon, or to donate to the phone-a-thon, contact Gateway Services at 815-875-4548. Donations are also accepted on www.gateway-services.org, under the “Help” tab. Make sure to label donations in the description box as Phone-A-Thon.

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