“The United Way does a lot of great things for our community, so I’m passionate about helping people, and this is an organization that does that and does it more effectively than any individual can do,” he said.
Mountain Lake Services Executive Director Marty Nephew said their Early Intervention Program serves children from birth to 3 years old. Because of the agency’s funding, that program usually runs at a deficit, but the United Way helps alleviate that.
Elizabethtown Community Hospital CEO Rod Boula said he sees how important United Way funding is to so many organizations throughout the region.
“A lot of our employees contribute to the United Way campaign, and we are very proud of that,” he said.
Chesterfield Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow said the Keeseville Knights of Columbus is once again holding a harvest dinner, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the United Way. That event is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct 13.
Turkey dinners with all the trimmings will cost $10, with children younger than 5 free. Takeout meals will be available, Morrow said.
The 2013 goal is the same as the 2012 amount, which was met by February. This year’s pacesetters are just a bit behind the 2012 effort, which raised $155,913 — 20.1 percent — by the Kickoff Breakfast.
In closing, Bernardi said United Way continues to have clout with the media and businesses because they realize the impact the organization has on the community. While the pacesetter funding is important, he said, it is equally important that people continue to contribute as the campaign moves forward.
“I want to thank everybody,” he said. “This community is really amazing.”
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