MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Developmental Center concluded the State of Ohio’s Combined Charitable Campaign with its annual “Basket Challenge” on Oct. 18, in the Rian Hall cafeteria. The CCC is the state’s version of the United Way.
Baskets from across campus lined the tables with themes ranging from “Trick or Treat” to the top seller of the day, titled “Rian Hall Memories.” With Rian Hall’s closure looming on the horizon, this basket, filled with a beautiful scrapbook of photos and memories shared by past and present employees, along with a MVDC coffee mug and Cat’s Meow of the building, attracted many bidders. The Rian Hall Memories basket, created by the Rian 1 living area was purchased by MVDC’s Program Director, Dana Mattison who has special plans in mind for it.
This year, representatives of the OCSEA sold soup at the event, raising additional money for the day, while Willow Works Greenhouse/Workshop sponsored a contest asking employees to guess how many plants had been sold at Willow Works since January of 2011. The correct answer was 15,017 plants and Tammy Severns, who had the closest guess, won a courting bench made at Willow Works.
Many of the baskets are made up of items donated by area businesses and other baskets included themes such as, “Bountiful Harvest” filled with gift cards, “Morning Eye Opener” with various coffees and such, and “Early Retirement” loaded with all sorts of lottery tickets, just to name a few.
“I am always impressed by the compassion and caring demonstrated by our MVDC staff,” said Ernie Fischer, MVDC superintendent, regarding the event. “Their efforts in this campaign to meet our goal and to help those not as fortunate as ourselves is just another example of their commitment to the Knox County community.”
“Most of the money we raise during our campaign is directed to the United Way of Knox County, so it stays here locally. I am very blessed to work with such supportive co-workers and to live in a community where businesses donate so generously to assist us in our special events,” said Deb Hawk, MVDC’s CCC coordinator. “We exceeded our campaign goal this year.”
The goal for the project was $17,164 with a total of $20,961 raised.