United Way & How We Work

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The United Way of Franklin County is the leadership and support organization for a network of 17 member agencies https://unitedwayoffranklinco.org/united-way-member-agencies/.

In addition to serving the local community by acting as a central fundraising and volunteer recruitment resource for nonprofit agencies that make a difference in people’s lives… Our Mission is to identify and effectively address community needs by mobilizing businesses, organizations and individuals like you…
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The 2016 Sumo Event Raised $14,000!

This week was National Volunteer Week! Therefore, United Way would like to send out a big, big, BIG thank you to the many, many volunteers who made the Sumo Wrestling Invitational a HUGE success.

HAPPY VOLUNTEER WEEK! You truly made a difference Sumo wrestlers (see attachment), Sumo Champion John Buckman from Wal-Mart D.C., Ottawa University Lady Braves, Coach Bruce Tate, Nick Couzin & Griffin Hughes w/ KUJH-TV, Dave Edwards w/ KOFO, Hunter Collins and the OXD guys, the Ottawa University Dance Team, singer Ashlyn Tomeczek, actor Aaron Harshaw, https://unitedwayoffranklinco.org/executive-board/https://unitedwayoffranklinco.org/corporate-board/ , the Member Agency concession stand workers, Brandon Bedell, Cathy Hinderliter, Misty Kems, Cindy Novinger, Nell King, Terry Chartier, Glora Mathews, Donyell Wolfe, Gayla Wilkins, and Kristin Hough!

With your help and the help of our many sponsors and supporters we raised $14,000!

The Brackets are in…. Who will the 2016 Sumo Champion be?


6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Wilson Field House at Ottawa University
Ottawa, KS 66067

Tickets sold at the door:
· Child and student admission: $1.00 per person
· General admission: $5.00 per person
· Floor seats (front rows): $10 per person
· Box seats: $25 per person (box seats will include free snacks, drinks and a personal attendant)

Sumo Bracket Rules-
1. Hit print on this page- to get the March Madness style brackets!

2. Complete the bracket sheet- try to predict the winners, fill in the time for the tie breaker and add your name and phone number.

3. Brackets will be available to the public on April 15th and must be turned in at the event, April 15th before the first match.

4. You may submit up to five brackets per person at the event– donations appreciated!!!!!

5. All brackets must be turned in prior to the first match (at the event between 5:30 and when the first match begins) and NO brackets will be accepted after the first match has begun!!!!

6. An award of $200 in Ottawa Chamber bucks will be given to the person with the most accurate bracket.

Meg Pearson
United Way of Franklin County
434 South Main Street
P.O. Box 233
Ottawa, KS 66067
Work: (785) 418-2015

2016 Sumo Wrestling Invitational


 Franklin County’s third annual Sumo Wrestling Invitational on April 15th!

When and Where: The 2016 Sumo Wrestling Invitational will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on April 15, in the Wilson Field House at Ottawa University

How the Event Works: The Sumo Wrestling Invitational is about strengthening our community and having fun with coworkers, friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. United Way challenges its corporate partners, member agencies, churches and civic groups to find a volunteer, co-worker or organizational leader willing to represent them in a Sumo Wrestling match. Once identified, these “Sumo Wrestling Champions” will compete against other representatives from challenging companies and organizations.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend and cheer on the brave wrestlers at the event on April 15th!

  • Student admission: $1.00 a person
  • General admission: $5.00 a person
  • Floor seats (front row): $10 a person
  • Box seats at Wilson Field House: $25 a person (Box seats will be in the front row, will include free snacks and drinks, as well as a personal attendant)

For the audience’s entertainment, March Madness style brackets listing all the competitors will be created and posted here on our website, printed in the Ottawa Herald and distributed by participating organizations. The brackets will include participant and organizational names of the Sumo Wrestling Champions. The brackets must be turned in before the first two wrestlers compete on April 15th (donations to participate are encouraged).  The person with the most accurate bracket will win $200 in Ottawa Chamber bucks from the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. 

Why a Sumo Wrestling Event: Money raised during this event will be used to help improve the lives of Franklin County residents by supporting the services provided by United Way and its member agencies.

United Way of Franklin County’s 2016 member agencies include the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Communities In Schools, ECKAN, Elizabeth Layton Center, Habitat for Humanity, Hope House, LifeCare Center for Women, Mid-America Nutrition Program Inc. (Meals on Wheels), Midland Care Hospice, tiny-k Early Intervention (Ottawa/Wellsville Infant Toddler), Ottawa Recreation Foundation’s Summer Camp Program, Ottawa Community Arts Council’s youth OYAA program, United Cerebral Palsy and The Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Please join us!  For more information please email united.way.of.franklin.co@gmail.com or call (785) 418-2015

Who Wants Pancakes!

Eat pancakes and support Hope House!

What: Pancake breakfast to help Hope House provide enough food to our community over the challenging Holiday season!

Where: Applebee’s on 2340 S. Oak St in Ottawa, KS

When: January 2, 2016 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM

How it helps: Coffee, orange juice, and pancakes have been donated by Applebee’s- You simply bring a canned or boxed food item to the event and make a donation of $5.00 (or more) per plate! All proceeds and food will be donated to Hope House to help provide meals to families in need and keep our food pantry stocked over the coldest and most difficult months!