The United Way of Miami County is launching its annual fundraising campaign, but with a few changes this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, planned in place of the regular Monte Carlo night, is being called a “virtual Happy Hour” and will be hosted on Aug. 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. on the Elle Belle Boutique Facebook page.

“We ask that you watch as the band, Peter & Company, performs for your entertainment and a few of our board members talk about how our community has come together throughout the spring and summer,” a news release from the United Way said. “During the event commenters can enter to win a $100 gift certificate from the Chamber of Commerce. We would like to thank Elle Belle Boutique and Lisa Stanfield for sponsoring the event.”

Debi Wallick, executive director of the local United Way, told the Tribune on Thursday that she plans on working the week ahead of the event to promote it.

That effort, she said, will look much like the live Facebook roulette spins that locals Terry Smith and Brian Rice hosted early on in the pandemic.

That will see Wallick visiting local businesses whose employees have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and talking with them about ways they may have been helped by the United Way.

“So we want to promote that up until the 29th,” she said.

As part of the promotion, participants will hold signs with hashtag catch phrases that attempt to capture the work the United Way does in the community.

The night of the fundraiser, those who attend the event virtually will be instructed to enter Facebook comments with a similar hashtag in order to enter a chance to win a prize.

Wallick said she would like to raise $5,000 the night of the kick off. The fundraising campaign will run through the end of the year. Progress will be updated on the placard on the courthouse lawn.

For more information follow the Miami County United Way Facebook page or visit