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Last November 7th was an epic day in the City of Sturgis.  City employees hosted a new event this past campaign, and have planned to host it once again this year.  The Bucket Challenge was held, with the primary purpose of the day to put the fire department bucket truck against the electric department bucket truck.  


Department leaders were in the buckets elevated above the Fire Department.  On the ground, our crews called community members asking for donations to keep the department heads in the bucket while, those in the bucket will be calling for pledges to get them out of the bucket.


In the fire station, a silent auction was held, where all proceeds benefited the St. Joseph County United Way.  Refreshments were available all day – keeping the hardworking staff fed!


 “The Sturgis community benefits from United Way funding for Camp Fort Hill, Sturgis Neighborhood Program, Sturgis Senior Center and many others,” said City Manager Mike Hughes.  “We receive funding from the United Way for youth recreation programs and funding for Fire Department equipment as needed, such as the Jaws of Life and extrication tools,” said Hughes.  “It just makes good sense for us to help them.”


“In addition, we routinely look to the community to help fund special projects such as our K-9 unit, Doyle Community Center, playground equipment and the list goes on.  We want to be the type of organization that is a meaningful partner in the community, and we do that by showing our support to our local United Way.”


Last year’s Bucket Challenge raised approximately $15,000 for the United Way.  “The City’s support means so much to us,” remarked Kelly Hostetler, executive director for the St. Joseph County United Way.  “We appreciate what the employees do for us and are thrilled to be their partner.”


The St. Joseph County United Way is a non-profit organization, locally governed by a board of volunteers who represent diverse segments of the community. They fund 41 local organizations and hundreds of programs.


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