Volunteer Ruth Rusie '40 to be Featured in United Way's 2010 Advertising

Volunteer Ruth Rusie '40 to be Featured in United Way's 2010 Advertising

November 5, 2009

Ruth Rusie Oct 2009.jpgNovember 5, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Ruth (Ritz) Rusie, a retired teacher, volunteer and 1940 graduate of DePauw University, will be featured in United Way's national brand advertising in 2010 as a result of collecting the most votes in a national contest. The "Live United" story search sought "authentic moving stories of how people are living united," notes the agency. "With votes coming in fast and furious to the very end, Ruth, the now 91-year old former teacher who shares her love of reading with parents and their young children, captured the most votes with her story '90 Years and Still Teaching.'" (photo: Ellen Annala, president and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana, celebrates with Ruth Rusie)

"This would not have happened without everyone's help," says Kevin Lollar, board president of the United Way of Morgan County. Lollar says that as the national voting drew to a close and he noticed that the tally was very close, "I called Randall Wayne (of WCBK Radio) during the post game show after the Martinsville High School football game and gave him an update. They stopped the show and made a plea to the audience to get home and vote. Wow, where else but in small-town America can that happen?"

Rusie's volunteer activities include helping local residents with literacy skills. As co-chair of theUnited Way Color.jpg annual campaign for the United Way of Indiana's Morgan County, she encourages families with small children to sign up for United Way's Early Readers Club.

Access a video feature on Rusie by clicking here and looking for "90 Years and Still Teaching" in the right hand column.

In 2008, Ruth Rusie was named grand marshal of the Fall Foliage Festival in Morgan County. Details can be found in this previous story.