About Turkeython 2021

Thanksgiving is when we typically reflect on what we are thankful for and how we can give back to others.  As the effects of the pandemic continue, it is more important than ever to help where you can.  There are many ways you can dedicate both your time and resources to individuals in need this holiday season, whether in-person, virtually, or by phone.  

The United Way of Indiana County is a great place to start to help others during the holiday season.  The United Way is celebrating 90 years of being active in the community with Bill Otto conducting his Oldies Attic Turkeython fundraiser to provide holiday meals and help meet other needs for people in Indiana County for over one-third of that time!  Bill's passion for making a difference led to raising over $700,000 over the years, making this the largest annual fundraiser for the United Way.

After several decades as the "Oldies Attic" Turkeython, Bill has turned the event over to the United Way and it is now "The United Way" Turkeython in association with Renda Broadcasting.  We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.

While it will no longer be held on Bill Otto's Oldies Attic radio show, Turkeython will occur on the Friday before Thanksgiving - November 19th, 2021 on the Indiana in the Morning Show with Todd Marino from 7:00AM - 10:00AM.

Through this annual Turkeython event, the United Way will distribute of turkeys, funds for meals, food boxes/or certificates for food and other essential items to local organizations to enable individuals and families in need to celebrate the holidays.  The holidays are when most families are trying to provide food, gifts, and a joyous time for their families and children.  Often times, there is also the ongoing struggle with trying to provide for your family, and pay monthly bills.  Donations such as yours are distributed to organizations like the Salvation Army of Indiana County, Homeless Veterans, Chevy Chase Community Center, Blairsville and Homer City Food Pantries and many others.  

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED THIS TURKEYTHON:

  • Make a pledge, you can call Indiana in the Morning with Todd Marino at 724-479-1160, 724-349-WCCS or 724-465-4700 on Friday, November 19th, between 7:00am and 10:00am.
  • Visit one of our collections sites listed below.
  • Donate directly through this site.  
  • Start a virtual fundraising page.  Want a safe, socially distanced way to help this year?  Become an advocate and champion for our cause and help us raise more funds so that we can touch more lives in the community during this holiday season.  Just click on the Register button to create your personalized fundraising page.  It's quick and easy, just follow the sign up process.  Invite others to donate through social media or email.  Be sure to tag the United Way and let us know that you are participating in #turkeython to help make your #communitystrong.  You can monitor and track your fundraising goal progress and also upload offline cash/check donations.  Get your totals in by November 19th so that we can recognize you for your donations and support live on the air with Todd Marino.  Sign up today!

    Your contribution is a way of not only feeding those who face food insecurity, but also to extend kindness and gratitude to the community and our neighbors.  Won't you please help make it possible for this annual charitable tradition to continue?  The United Way relies on generous donations from caring people like you to provide this important service to the residents of our community during the holiday season. Thank you for being an example of what it means to be #communitystrong.

    Date

    Starts at:  November 4, 2021 11:00 PM
    Ends at:  November 28, 2021 11:00 PM

    Location

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    Contact

    United Way of Indiana County
    724.463.0277
    uwindianacounty@gmail.com

    Support our Turkeython

    Every donation made through the Turkeython will go towards purchasing turkeys, food, toiletries, clothing, and other essential items for veterans and families in need throughout Indiana County, as well as supporting our food relief programs.  We also supply turkeys to local organizations so that they can provide a hot holiday meal for those in need.  It is our goal that no one go through the holiday season feeling that they are unable to have a meal or their basic needs met.  Your money stays here in our community to help our neighbors who need it the most.

    The following organizations benefit from Turkeython:

    • ​Salvation Army
    • Chevy Chase Community Center
    • Homer City Food Pantry
    • Blairsville Presbyterian Deacons Food Pantry
    • Homeless Veterans Parsonage and Community Gardens
    • New Life Community Church
    • United School District Student/Family Pantry
    • Following Food Banks
      • Canoe Township Food Bank
      • Clymer Food Bank
      • Grant Township Food Bank
      • Green Township Food Bank
      • Montgomery Township Food Bank
      • Rayne Township Food Bank

    Thank you for committing to improving the health, education, & financial stability of our Indiana neighbors and friends throughout these sometimes difficult times.

    Collection Sites

    You can visit any of the following locations during the times listed to drop off your donation.

    Friday, November 19th - 7:00AM to 11:00AM

    Indiana Locations                                                   

    • ​Walmart                                                                       
    • Giant Eagle
    • Valeskis - BiLo
    • Downtown Indiana on Philadelphia Street 
    • Renda Broadcasting

    Homer City Locations

    • ​Ideal Market

    Friday, November 19th - 7:00AM to 1:00PM

    Marion Center Locations 

    • Marion Center Bank - 7:00AM to 10:00AM
    • Martin's Convenience Store - 7:00AM to 1:00PM

    Saturday, November 13th - 9:00AM to 2:00PM

    Clymer Locations

    • First National Bank 
    • Tate's Grocery Store

    Looking for a Thanksgiving Meal?

    The following locations are providing holiday meals:

    • Thanksgiving Dinner at Chevy Chase Center - Indiana PA - November 24th 11:30AM-12:30PM
    • ​Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the New Life Community Church at Indiana Mall - November 25th 2PM-5PM
    • Share Your Blessings Community Dinner at Coral-Graceton Firehall - November 25th 11AM-2PM
    • The Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 420 Philadelphia St., Indiana - November 25th 12PM-2PM

    Your Turkeython Donation May Qualify you for a Chance to Win!

    Your donation may qualify you to receive a ticket for our campaign raffle.  Contributors who donate at least $50 per year to the UWIC prior to the campaign close will receive a ticket for entry into the Tier 1 level raffle.  All contributors who donate at least $208 per year, will receive a ticket for Grand Prize, Tier 1 and Tier 2 level raffles.  Winners will be drawn on February 17, 2022.  For a list of official rules and regulations, please visit www.uwindianacounty.org/campaignraffle.

    Small Games of Chance #20211107  |  Special Raffle Permit # 20213008

    GRAND PRIZE
    • Trip Package Valued at $2,500 - Donated by Colonial Motor Mart, Colonial Toyota and Mark Arbuckle Nissan
    TIER ONE
    • ​Overnight Stay at Hilton Garden Inn & CH Field Craft Kitchen Gift Certificate - Donated by Hilton Garden Inn & CH Fields Craft Kitchen
    • 31" Fire Pit - Donated by Lowe's of Indiana
    • Lucy Rae Basket - Donated by Lucy Rae
    • Nix Play 10.1" Smart Photo Frame
    ​TIER TWO
    • ​Blackstone 36" Griddle - Donated by Romeo's Pizzeria & Mediterranean Kitchen
    • 50" Screen TV - Donated by Reliant Holdings, Inc.
    • Duo Crisp Fryer



    Thank you to our Turkeython Sponsors

    The generous contributions of our sponsors help strengthen our community and the people that live and work here.  Their investment improves the lives of individuals and families in Indiana County.  We thank you for your ongoing support.  In addition to our campaign sponsors featured below, we would like to extend gratitude to the following...

    • Renda Broadcasting
    • Giant Eagle
    • Martin's
    • Aldi's
    • Ideal Market
    • Valeski's BiLo
    • Tate's Supermarket
    • Walmart in Indiana and Blairsville