For some, a sure sign of fall is the annual United Way Kickoff event, for others it’s the now annual United Way Chili Cook-Off set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday.


For some, a sure sign of fall is the annual United Way Kickoff event, for others it’s the now  annual United Way Chili Cook-Off set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Either way, the annual United Way fund-raising campaign is here — with an announced goal of $305,000.
According to director Lindsay Frasier, the goal set by the Harvey County United Way board is attainable.
“My personal goal would be $315,000 or $320,000,” Frasier said. “I think we could easily make $315,000.”
The need is as great as ever, with 60 people helped each day by Harvey County United Way funds.
Frasier said the fall campaign is off to a strong start, and sales of tickets for the annual Chili Kickoff, held Saturday in the 100 block of West Sixth street, have been brisk.
“We’ve sold about 300 so far, and we have more than 20 booths registered to make chili,” Frasier said. “We’re hoping for 500 people.”
Advance tickets for the event are $5, available from any United Way board member, partner organization, Ameripride Financial and The Newton Kansan.  
Partner organizations include the American Red Cross, Brig Brothers/Big Sisters, Circles of Hope, Community Playschool, Harvey County Community Partnership, The Harvey County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, Harvey County Infant/Toddler Program, Health Ministries, Heart-2-Heart Child Advocacy Center, Hesston Intergenerational Child Care, Hesston Area Senior Center, Mirror Inc., Newton Area Senior Center, Newton Community Child Care, Newton Meals on Wheels, Offender/Victim Ministries, Harvey County RSVP, Salvation Army of Harvey County, St. Matthew’s Representative Payee Program, Trinity Heights Respite Care, United Cerebral Palsy, USD 373 Latchkey and Wichita Children’s Home.