The United Way of Steele County and their Community Campaign Leader the Steele County Free Fair (SCFF) are ready to celebrate a successful 2021 fundraising effort.  Nearly $772,000 was raised to support the agencies assisted locally by the United Way, or about 96.5% of the goal.

A news release from President Annette Duncan states, "We want to thank the people that live and work in Steele County, who have come together to raise the funds required to meet the increased needs of our community. The caring power of this community is second to none."

SCFF Manager Scott Kozelka said, "The Steele County Board of Directors and I along with our staff couldn't be prouder of being chosen the 2021 Community Campaign leader for the United Way of Steele County."

"The past several months was one of the greatest experiences that I have had in my role as SCFF manager. All the behind-the-scenes things that the United Way does here in our community are amazing. Thank you to Annette and her awesome staff for making our communities here in Steele County a great place to live and enjoy for everyone."

A celebration luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Owatonna Country Club from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Tickets are available through Anyone is invited.

Several awards will be presented that day. The Steele County Free Fair will receive the Community Campaign Leader honor. Let's Smile will get the Agency Live United award. Old Towne Bagels earned the Small Business Live United Award.

Kim Ramsey is the Community Live United Award winner. Jeffrey and Marty Fetters will get the Tocqueville Society Award. Kris Busse and Peng Olson will get their Board Service Awards.

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