Road rally successful fundraiser for United Way

Rallyists kick off the United Way Road Rally in their vintage Type 356 "bathtub" Porsche.

KENNETT — Exelon Generation/United Way of Southern Chester County hosted a successful and unique fundraiser on October 23rd. 70 rallyists left Exelon in 29 cars and toured over 40 miles through scenic countryside in perfect autumn weather.  “My husband and I had a great time. We didn’t finish with a great driving time, but it didn’t matter. It was a chance for the two of us to be together, help a great organization, see new parts of the area, and have a great time along the way”, said Rebecca Stadelmeyer.

Rallyists ranged from couples of all ages and groups of friends or co-workers to families with children.  “We had 5 people in our car and everyone had a great time,” reported Dennis Wallace.

The event concluded with a BBQ at Longwood Family Restaurant.  Prizes were handed out for closest to the perfect driving time AND correctly answering the tricky questions based on sights along the drive. First place was awarded to Dennis and Sandra Lafferty of West Grove.

Dennis and Sandra Lafferty of West Grove won 1st place for closest to perfect driving time and correct answers to the tricky questions Rallyists getting their instructions before the start

“We deeply appreciate the support of our Gold Sponsor, Exelon Generation”, said United Way director, Carrie Freeman.  “Their financial sponsorship and use of their facility as our starting point made this fundraising event a success.”  Another corporate sponsor, Jeff D’Ambrosio Chevrolet and Mitsubishi of Oxford, brought new-model vehicles for the crowd to see at the start. Participants and volunteers alike enjoyed checking out the new Chevrolet Volt.

In the end, this event was a successful fundraiser for United Way.  “We raised over $7,400 to fund vital non-profit programs serving our southern Chester County community”, said John Adams, United Way’s Campaign V.P.  “Now, more than ever, United Way funding is what local non-profits rely on as governmental funding is lost.”

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