Rally Reno



For Public Release



Aubrey Patterson


Debra Teufel


Lacey Mills









Hutchinson Community Foundation, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber, and United Way of Reno County have come together to launch Rally Reno County, an online tool that enables customers to put dollars in the hands of their favorite retail, service and hospitality businesses while providing assistance to those affected by layoffs or reductions in pay. Debra Teufel, President & CEO of the Hutch Chamber, said, “These Reno County businesses play such a large role in our economy. As a team of community leaders, we felt a responsibility to do our part in continuing commerce and providing a revenue stream for local businesses. It is phenomenal to join with our community partners to launch this initiative and to assist our members.”


Rally Reno County operates off the basic premise of “buy local, give local.”  When a customer buys a gift card through RallyReno.org, the value of that gift card will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, with basic needs assistance to individuals and families who have been directly impacted by layoffs or wage loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we think about those that have been affected by this crisis, it is time for us to support those that are in need within our community.  It is an honor to be able to work in partnership to help provide assistance to our most vulnerable population while reinforcing the need to shop local and support our small businesses,” said Lisa Gleason, Executive Director of United Way of Reno County.


Aubrey Patterson, President and CEO of the Hutchinson Community Foundation said, “I’m proud that the Community Foundation can make this match available at such a critical time. People and businesses across Reno County are facing great hardships but with out-of-the-box thinking, community action, and the generosity of our donors, we’re going to get through this together.”


This match was made available by Donor Advised Funds through the Hutchinson Community Foundation. 

Affected local businesses or individuals seeking assistance are asked to visit RallyReno.org to review eligibility requirements.

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Sample Introductory Language

Radio copy: “The Hutchinson Community Foundation, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber, and the United Way of Reno County have come together to produce a tool called Rally Reno County to support local businesses and employees in the retail, service and hospitality industries affected by social distancing measures. If you’ve seen your pay reduced as a result of these measures or own an affected business, please visit RallyReno.ORG to sign up.”


Social-media copy: “A new tool called Rally Reno County will provide economic relief to workers and local businesses in the retail, service and hospitality industries. Request support at RallyReno.org.”

            Tags: @hutchcf @hutchchamber @unitedwayofrenocounty

            Hashtags: #RallyRenoCounty



Recommended Key Messaging

Feel free to incorporate any of the brand’s key messaging below into your promotions.


  1. Focus on Collective Success:

“We’ll Get Better Together.”


  1. Clearly Link the Gift Card Purchase and the local giving for unmet needs of individuals:

“When you buy a gift card to a local business, your money will be matched 100% and provided to people negatively impacted by the coronavirus.”


“Rally Reno County enables the customers to purchase a gift card from a local business while providing basic needs assistance of the same value to someone in need.”


“A “Buy Local, Give Local” Community Relief Program”


“Share the love. Support small businesses and your neighbors in need.”