UW_Taste of Marshall CountyThe first annual Taste of Marshall County welcomed some 500 people to kick off the United Way of Marshall County 2016 campaign this past Saturday, August 13, at Centennial Park. Young Amphitheatre in Plymouth was full of families enjoying food offered by some of the finest restaurants in the county and dancing to live music in the inviting outdoor space.The proceeds from the Taste of Marshall County will go toward UWMC member agencies and sponsored programs that serve families across the community.

UW_Taste of Marshall County 2016_dancing“We want to celebrate all that our community has to offer for food, drinks and entertainment – and at the same time lift up United Way as a leader for positive change in Marshall County,” said Linda Yoder, Executive Director of the United Way of Marshall County. “We are thrilled to have welcomed so many of our dear friends and met new ones this weekend.”

The Taste of Marshall County featured food tastings from across Marshall County, with a separate space for a beer and wine garden. Southern Straightawaywas the headliner for the evening’s entertainment, with Shots Fired Reloaded giving a rousing welcome to the first Taste crowds.

UW_Taste of Marshall County 2016_eatingSpeaking to the gathering from the amphitheater stage, Rodney Jacobs, Campaign Chair of the UWMC 2016 campaign, said, “We are here tonight to raise money for the 22 agencies that make up the United Way of Marshall County and celebrate the work they do. So eat. Drink. Enjoy the music. And most of all, have fun!!”

UW_Taste of Marshall County 2016_vendorUsing the energy and momentum from Taste of Marshall County, the UWMC 2016 campaign will continue fundraising throughout the year in workplaces, civic groups and around the dinner tables of families across Marshall County.

Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Taste of Marshall County – August 12, 2017.



Oliver Ford Lincoln
Paladin Legacy Advisory Group – Ameriprise Financial
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-Plymouth

Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Beacon Credit Union
Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
The Lakehouse Grille, LLC
Food Vendors

Coffee Lodge & Bakery
Fusion Café
Evergreen Café
La D’ZertCafé
Mooney’s Ice Cream Parlor
Opie’s Deli
Pizza Hut
Ponderosa Steakhouse
Reese’s Family Ribs
Sugar Shack Bakery
The French Press


Beverage Vendors

Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Angry Orchard
Bells Oberon
Evil Czech Patton Pils
Greenbush Star Chicken Shotgun
Miller Lite
New Holland Dragon Milk
Shady Creek Mixed Dry Red
Dry Riesling


About the United Way of Marshall County
For over 50 years, the United Way of Marshall County has continuously conducted annual fundraising campaigns in support of local health and human service not-for-profit organizations.The United Way has been the conduit for helping thousands of individuals, regardless of income level, contribute to a united community cause. United Way volunteers have spent millions of hours advocating for much needed programs and services that help build a stronger community and, as a result, the United Way has allocated more than $8 million to local agencies for everything from basic necessities like food to tutoring programs for youth to helping the elderly get to the doctor. The United Way of Marshall County remains committed to igniting the caring power of the human spirit to help meet the most basic needs of education, health and financial stability. Together we create a stronger future for Marshall County.