Sedalia-Pettis County United Way Campaign Chairman Bob Satnan said they have set a goal of $500,000 for this year’s campaign during a kick-off event hosted at Convention Hall in Liberty Park on Thursday.
“Our campaign slogan is ‘A Half to Make Us Whole,’” he said. “So it’s a half-million dollars. Last year we brought in a little bit over $480,000 and our goal was $540,000. So we’re stretching a little bit, but we think it’s something attainable. We’re going to focus this year on really telling the story of the United Way and our agencies. We think the people have a general idea of the United Way, but they don’t understand the day-to-day impact that our agencies have on people. So we’re going to help them understand better how our agencies help people on a daily basis. My goal is to tell some stories.”
He added that he hopes to show the community what the United Way does through personal stories.
As part of the kick-off, United Way supporters were able to have lunch provided by 11 local celebrity chefs during the cook-off portion of the event.
“We’ve done the kick-off cook-off a few times before, and last year we went with something different,” said Satnan, who also provided a salad for the event. “This was an event that I always liked. And it gets a lot of men in the community involved. This year we have some women cooking, as well, providing a meal for our great United Way partners. It’s a fun lunch, it’s a fun activity and a chance to have some really good food.”
The food was divided up between sides, main dishes and desserts with local celebrity cooks bringing their best dishes.
“We have more than enough food for the people here,” he said. “I brought carrot apple salad that one of our Healthy U nutritionists provided for us when I was in Healthy U. It’s something that’s become a regular thing for my family, so I thought I’d come in and share it. In the past when we’ve done this, the side dishes have been kind of starch-heavy with pastas and potatoes. So I always try to bring a vegetable.”
Also bringing a side dish was Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond with a pasta salad.
“I absolutely love this dish,” he said “If we are having an outing people request this.”
Joanna Anderson, president of State Fair Community College, said her sugar cookies came from her Great-grandmother Metsker’s recipe. They were made with buttermilk and Mexican vanilla.
“I think that’s the secret,” she said.
Voted best dish in each category were Bond’s pasta salad, Sedalia Firefighters IAFF Local 103 Greg Smith’s pulled pork sliders and County Distributing Co.’s Accounts/HR Manager Sara Hampton’s Oreo brownies.
Hampton also received grand champion, determined by audience applause, for her brownies.