Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


June 7, 2013

Sunshine, dedicated volunteers help Strawberry Festival succeed

Greensburg — A beautiful Friday afternoon did its part to ensure the success of this year’s iteration of the Decatur County United Fund’s (DCUF) annual Strawberry Festival.

The many hardworking volunteers and DCUF members on and around the lively courthouse square did the rest.

Cars, trucks and vans lined up in droves for orders of strawberry shortcakes throughout mid-morning and into the early afternoon Friday. They came for a tasty strawberry treat, but the donations of the several hundred patrons who chipped in for a snack will go toward something far sweeter: The many nonprofit groups working to make the Decatur County community a better place each day.

Locally, the United Fund serves 22 different nonprofit organizations, encompassing about 26 different programs, according to DCUF executive director Joane Cunningham.

Cunningham said she was “very pleased” with the day’s turnout, adding that organizers fulfilled nearly 700 pre-orders from local businesses. Drive-thru and walk-up orders also appeared brisk around lunchtime Friday.

The significant show of support for the long-running fruit-centric festival is a big boost for the DCUF, which relies on the strawberry program and its annual fall auction for the bulk of its fundraising endeavors. Money gained via these fundraisers and other donations throughout the year contribute toward the DCUF’s Capital Campaign, which has a goal of $390,000 this year.

The Strawberry Festival is second in fundraising importance only to the auction, Cunninham noted.

By the time the last strawberry shortcake reached the final hungry customer Friday, the United Fund had preliminarily brought in more than $6,000 — an improvement over last year’s total by approximately $500.

When the day had ended, Cunningham and company offered thanks to those who participated, mentioning her gratitude to K-B Specialty Foods for donating the strawberries, shortcakes and whipped cream; Smith Implements for providing the Gator vehicle used to transport the treats; the Decatur County Commissioners for the use of the courthouse lawn, the City of Greensburg Street Department for the use of cones and barrels in the drive-thru area, First Presbyterian Church for the use of its facility, and Ellis Tents and Events for the tables and tent used on the courthouse lawn.

“We do appreciate the community for all their help and support,” the executive director said.

Cunningham reserved the most praise, however, for the approximately 100 volunteers who gave their time to help the program throughout the day Friday. That group included various Decatur County residents, many of whom were veterans of previous Strawberry Festivals, in addition to a peer helper group from South Decatur High School and employees of MainSource Bank and the Decatur County Family YMCA. From the Presbyterian Church to the south side of the courthouse, it was virtually impossible not to see volunteers hurrying here and there in an effort lend a hand Friday.

“We have a very good group of community volunteers,” Cunningham said. “It’s definitely a group effort.”

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056


Text Only
  • nws-gb072914 Casa logo CASA sought for "Jennifer" and "Erica" In order to illustrate and bring awareness to the need for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers in our local community, Advocates for Children will be regularly highlighting one case which is currently on our waiting list. Identifying i

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-Self defense pic Smith Martial Arts to hold women’s self-defense class GREENSBURG – It’s an unfortunate fact that women need to know how to protect themselves in today’s society.While it is a comforting thought to believe that someone will help if a woman should find herself in a dangerous situation, there may not alway

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-back to school photo 300 students get backpacks, encouragement at Back to School Bash GREENSBURG — With face painting, free hair cuts and backpacks, about 300 local students received some proper primping to help them get over the disappointment that school will begin again next week.About 30 businesses and organizations participated

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb072914-devin parson ride pic 2 Ride carries memory of slain boy GREENSBURG – Threatening skies early Saturday morning didn’t dampen or put a damper on the droves that turned out to take part in this year’s annual Devin Lee Parsons “Never Be Forgotten” Memorial Motorcycle Ride.Approximately 55 motorcycles left the

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb072914-ymca 100 gala pic03 Local YMCA celebrates 100th anniversary with Gala GREENSBURG — A summer of centennial revelry culminated Saturday night at the Decatur County Family YMCA with the Celebration 100 Gala.Attendees from around the community joined the Y Board of Directors in reminiscing about the local YMCA’s century-lo

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • Family Clothes Closet summer opening approaches WESTPORT – Since 2008, the Family Clothes Closet has opened twice a year to assist local families by providing free clothing for the whole family.Through the combined effort of 24 area churches, five local organizations and many individuals, entire f

    July 29, 2014

  • nws-gb072914-auditor selection pic Chadwell selected as new county auditor GREENSBURG – A group of 16 Republican precinct committee members selected current Decatur County Clerk Janet Chadwell for the vacant County Auditor office during a special caucus at party headquarters Saturday morning.Chadwell, who previously served

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • No confirmation of Philly papal visit PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Whether Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia during a major gathering of the world’s Roman Catholics remained a matter of speculation Friday after the archdiocese said a report he would attend should not be considered confirmation

    July 26, 2014

  • Islamic State destroys Jonah's Tomb in Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — As Iraq selected a new president, Islamic militants blew up a revered Muslim shrine in Mosul traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, several residents of the city told The Associated Press.The militants first or

    July 26, 2014

  • Police search Gary for tiger on the loose GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary police searched the northwest Indiana city for a tiger after receiving several reports of a big cat on the loose.The reports began shortly before midnight Thursday and alleged sightings continued into Friday morning. Officers i

    July 26, 2014