Eudora out-earns Baldwin in charity
Baldwin City won the "Weigh-In For United Way" loose change challenge, but Eudora raised the most money.
Residents of both communities were encouraged to bring their spare change to Friday's Baldwin vs. Eudora high school football game in Baldwin City.
Collection jars were at the secondary school offices prior to the Eudora-Baldwin game, and then at both entrance gates of the stadium for football fans to donate their loose change on behalf of their home communities, said Colleen Gregoire, campaign and communications manager for United Way of Douglas County.
The jar with the largest contribution by weight won Baldwin City a traveling Weigh-In For United Way trophy with loose change contributions weighing in at 44 pounds. Eudora's contributions weighed in at 43 pounds. Baldwin High School Principal Allen Poplin accepted the traveling trophy for the Baldwin community during half-time ceremonies.
Change and dollar bill contributions from the two communities produced slightly different results, however. Eudora brought in the greater amount of cash, totaling $248, contrasting with Baldwin's contribution of $209.
"There were a few more larger dollar bills in the Eudora collection that resulted in the greater total of gifts," Gregoire said. "The weight of the change collected from the two communities was so close.
"Both sets of buckets were nearly full to the brim. It was an amazing outpouring of generosity and enthusiasm from Eudora and Baldwin."
Eudora will have the opportunity to win the traveling trophy next year, when the Eudora-Baldwin football game will be played in Eudora.