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Gateway holds 27th annual Phone-A-Thon

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 12:59 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:03 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Upon celebrating 44 years of assistance, Gateway Services Inc. has announced its 27th annual Phone-A-Thon, which will be held Monday and Tuesday at Heartland Bank and Trust in Princeton.

The Phone-A-Thon, Gateway Services’ largest fundraising event, is similar to a telethon. Volunteer callers work to contact past supporters of Gateway Services. More than 20 volunteers dedicate their time to ensure the Phone-A-Thon’s success.

This year, Gateway Services has set a goal to raise $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.

“The success of the Phone-A-Thon and other fundraising efforts are more crucial than ever,” said Mandi Johnson, Gateway Services vice president of finance. “If the state tax decreases back to 3 percent, the funding to Gateway Services and other organizations like ours will be cut. Because of this potential set-back, we are asking our supporters to increase their donations by $20.”

Area businesses generously donate prizes and offer sponsorships that are awarded to the top volunteer callers, and are also sponsoring the two-day event. Phone-A-Thon sponsors and donors are Midland States Bank, Heartland Bank, Annie’s Little Pots, Hornbaker Gardens, Princeton Public Library, Festival 56, Wyaton Hills Golf Course, Sophisticuts and Good Scents.

Volunteers will kick off the event with phone calls starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and concluding at 8:30 p.m. The same schedule will be followed on Tuesday.

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 out of Princeton which provides services to individuals with disabilities.

For more information, to donate or sponsor the Phone-A-Thon, or to donate to the Phone-A-Thon, please contact Gateway Services at 815-875-4548.

Donations are also accepted on www.gateway-services.org, under the “Help” tab. Make sure to label a donation in the description box as Phone-A-Thon.

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