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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 6, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 3 KOKO MO Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Tuesday Sept 50 cents MDA volunteer Bill Smith takes a pledge Monday at MDA headquarters at George Shine Associates ERA Tribune photo by Dave Hess Jerrys kids get a big boost By the Tribune staff and The Associated Press Jerry Lewis annual Labor Day Telethon raised a record million for the battle against muscular dystrophy as the host promised his nationwide audi ence that a cure is closer than ever The 29th annual MDA telethon which ended Monday sur passed last years record take of million Local donations in Kokomo totaled including in pledges and from Fish Bowl collec tions More than 150 pledges were received said Winnie Miller coordinator of the MDAs Kokomo pledge center The amount of local donations pledged and number of local pledges were down from last year Miller said All in all we did said Miller Theres a lot of fund raising that goes on around the year and by the time the telethon comes along people are tapped said Miller Corporate sponsors gave Lewis checks for million atop TV viewers million for the Muscular Dystrophy Associa tion The telethon which began Sunday night was broadcast live from Sahara Hotel and sites in New York Hollywood and Branson Mo Many turn up noses at Congress NEW YORK AP A majority of Americans gives Congress poor ratings on crime and health reform according to an Associat ed Press poll in which only half the Democrats endorsed their par rys continued control of Capitol Hill While 63 percent of Republicans polled said it would be better for the country if the GOP took over only 49 percent of Democrats felt the country would benefit from their party staying in control Instead many Democrats count ed themselves among the 44 per cent of Americans or 43 percent of registered voters who said it wouldnt make much difference which party controls Congress The poll of adults includ ing 774 voters was taken Aug 26 30 just after Congress recessed and many members headed home to begin campaigning a Labor Day weekend tradition To the bitter disappointment of President Clinton Congress delayed action on health reform Clinton did coax out a crime bill with an assault weapons ban harsher prison terms and money for more police and crime preven tion programs giving some Democratic lawmakers a trophy to campaign with But higher satisfaction among Democrats on that issue was not enough to keep a majority of Americans polled from giving Congress a bad rating on handling crime The breakdown was 4 percent very good 38 percent fairly good Associated Press Poll The fall election a Would it be better for the country the Republicans won control of Congress All voters 27 emocrats 4 nts17 the Democrats kept control of Congress All voters 24 iblicans 4 13 It wouldnt make much difference All voters 43 23 percent fairly bad and 30 per cent very bad Accord aims to hold down college costs Tuition hikes would be limited to 4 FORT WAYNE Ind AP Statesupported colleges would hold tuition hikes to 4 percent in return for operating budget increases of similar amounts under an agreement being worked out by nigher education and state budget officials In return for capping its general budget increase requests to the state at 4 percent plus a 1 percent program improvement allocation each of the six statesupported universities and Ivy Teen State College pledge to hold student fee increases at 4 percent a reason able estimate of inflation said Purdue University President Steven C Beering Lawmakers and representatives of the universities the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and State Budget Director Jean Blackwells office have met sever al times this year and are close to agreement on the funding plan the Fort Wayne JournalGazette reported today The agreement is crucial to keeping Indiana colleges afford able higher education officials said The state must stop asking its students and their families to pick up an increasingly larger share or education costs they said We cant afford to price educa tion beyond the means of Indiana said Clyde Ingle Com missioner for Higner Education Student fees at the state colleges have increased an average of 38 percent over the past five years Ingle said compared to a median income growth of 23 percent State college enrollments have grown by students over the past three twoyear budget peri ods but state financing has remained level or declined As a result public financing per student has declined by 15 percent during those six years Ingle said Budget requests filed by univer sities have been cut drastically by lawmakers Indiana University asked for about 30 percent more funding during the 199395 bud get period but ended up with about 1 percent Universities have responded not only by raising tuition but by also reducing their payrolls cutting back on maintenance and delay ing the addition of needed classed Ivy Tech has had to rely more heavily on parttime faculty which costs less halting progress on its plan to increase fulltime faculty Inside todays Tribune Local Its going to be crowded in Tipton later this week as the Pork Festival gets under way Page A3 Style Slide into a new exercise rou tine Page 81 Sports Jerry Rice becomes NFLs all time leader in touchdowns with 127 as 49ers romp over Raiders PageA7 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Aiming high United Way confident it can hit the bullseye By LISA FIPPS Tribune staff writer The United Ways goal this year is to raise million dol lars which means more than will have to be collected each of the 62 days of the cam paign from Sept 10Nov 10 Pete Hossenlopp this years chairman for the United Way fund drive is confident it can be done After all United Way exceeded last years goal of million by United Way agencies in other Hoosier counties strug gle to meet their goals but Howard Coun ty has consis tently met its goal each year It usually exceeds it How I wish I Hossenlopp said He said hes lived in Koko mo and in other communities By comparison he thinks Howard County is a relatively close knit community and the resi dents are very interested in working and are by nature good kind people People who are willing to be generous share You dont find that as much in other There are steps to the flow of dollars given to the United Way Patrons sign pledge cards Agencies supported by the United Way prepare and submit budget requests detailing their income and expenditures for the upcoming year I learned something about each United Way agency It really opened my eyes and I could see the value we Pete Hossenlopp United Way campaign chairman The United Ways Alloca tions Committee spends hun dreds of hours reviewing agency requests The Allocations Committee submits recommendations about the various agencies monetary needs to the United Ways board of directors Funds raised through the United Ways campaign are dis tributed and United Wayaffiliat ed agencies use the funds to help people in need The money raised during the fund drive helps support the fol lowing agencies American Red Cross HowardTipton chapter Big Sisters Bona Vista Rehabilitation Center Boy Scouts of America Sagamore Council CASA Carver Commu nity Center Family Ser vice Associa tion Food Finders Food Bank Girl Scouts Tribal Trails Coun cil Howard County Chil drens Center Literacy Coalition Mental Health Asso ciation The Salvation Army YMCA and YWCA Loaned executives and other volunteers spend two months educating people about United Way Related story Loaned executives will be visiting to encourage you to donate Page A3 Hossenlopp Brace yourself for Blitz Day Sometimes small businesses dont feel they have the capacity to help the United Way but they do according to Linda Robbins campaign associate This year there are two ways small businesses can help on Blitz which is Wednes day or with an auction later this year Blitz Day is a new concept in fundraising In August a letter was sent to 100 small businesses educating them about United Way the agencies it helps sup port and its fund drive and ask ing them to have employees complete pledge cams On Wednesday Blitz Day groups of two or three United Way volunteers and past and current loaned executives will visit each business to collect pledge cards Only those compa nies which received letters will be visited Blitz Day was started so we can get a headstart on the campaign and have positive results to report on the kickoff day Sept Robbins said A second approach is with the auction United Way asks area small businesses if they have any items such as but not limited to clothing services dinners and discontinued stock items to donate to the United Way An auction is conducted and the businesses which donate items get a receipt for the amount a donated item sells for That receipt allows them to receive a tax deduction Although small businesses are targeted large businesses may donate items to the auction scheduled for Oct 12 To donate call the United Way at 4576691 United Ways goal hit pass million Not only is Pete Hossenlopp this years chairman for the United Way fund drive com mitted to making sure million is raised hes commit ted to raising more Because he said only if the campaign exceeds the million mark will the United Way staff receive a raise Hie United Way uses mostly vol unteers and employs only three professionals a presi dent public relations spokes men and a campaign associate Hossenlopp said it is because of the professional staff that Howard County has been so successful Although confident United Way will reach and surpass its goal until that last dollar is raised Im going to be ner Hossenlopp said Its a challenge but its a challenge I look forward Hossenlopp is director of Kokomo operations for Delco Electronics in Kokomo By the time this United Way cam paign is over Hossenlopp will nave worked a year on the campaign After last years fund drive ended he began visiting each of the agencies United Waymoney supports He said he wanted to ooserve them and understand every thing they do I learned something about each Hossenlopp said It really opened my eyes and I could see me value we gain Each agency is fulfilling a role vital and important to our He said in the past as he worked to collect funds for the United Way he found the number one reason people didnt give is because they did nt grasp the significance of each agency Everybody in our community is being touched by these Hossenlopp said If those in doubt about the United Ways or the agencies worth take tours ofthe agencies theyre sold on giving he said
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