City manager scrubs cars to help United Way

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(From left): Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther and City Clerk Lori Stottler wash cars on Friday. City leaders in various departments were washing cars to raise funds for United Way.

BELOIT — The city’s department heads were lugging water buckets and spreading suds on Friday afternoon.

As part of the City of Beloit’s efforts to raise funds for the United Way, City Manager Lori Curtis Luther, Director of Finance and Administrative Services Eric Miller and Community Development Director Julie Christensen were washing cars at city hall. The city’s United Way campaign chairs City Clerk Lori Stottler and Budget Analyst Jessica Tison were also pitching in.

Over at the Department of Public Works, Department Director Greg Boysen, Director of Water Resources Harry Mathos and Director of Transit Michelle Gavin were scrubbing down vehicles, and Fire Department Chief Brad Liggett was in line to lather them up on Monday.

Luther came up with the idea of having city employees bid for car washes. The three highest bids for each department head would get a car wash. So far, 21 vehicles to be washed raised $755.

Luther said city staff had been brainstorming ways to creatively raise funds for the United Way Blackhawk Region, and it evolved into an auction.

Cassie Hartje, marketing and communications manager for United Way Blackhawk Region, said many businesses and organizations have launched workplace campaigns to raise funds.

“We encourage them to get creative about how to encourage employees to make a gift to United Way,” Hartje said.

The City of Beloit’s theme is “Life is Not a Spectator Sport, Get in the Game.” Their financial goal is to raise $25,000, but their morale goal is 100 percent participation, Hartje said.

“We are really grateful for the support and the creativity. This is a great way to work together and lived United,” Hartje said.

Hartje said the campaign kicked off on Sept. 16. The goal is to raise $2.82 million. Last year United Way Blackhawk Region raised $2.68 million.

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