September 21, 2013

United Way kickoff breakfast attracts big crowd

PLATTSBURGH — For those thinking about what to give that special person for Christmas this year, DaleAnne Wolter has the perfect idea. 

“A donation (to the United Way) in memory of someone is a great gift,” she said at Friday morning’s United Way of the Adirondack Region Campaign 2014 Kickoff Breakfast.

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Wolter and Ellen Gordon are co-chairs of this year’s campaign, which has a goal of raising $725,000.

The money is used to support dozens of agencies in the region that provide help through a variety of programs.

“Everyone here has the same goal in mind — to help the community,” United Way Board of Directors President Gerald Morrow said.

Morrow, Chesterfield town supervisor, said government does what it can to help people, but it can’t reach everyone.

“There are people that government can’t help, and they fall through the cracks, and this is where the United Way comes in.

“The middle class used to be the middle class, but now they are the working poor.”


The breakfast was attended by a record crowd of 216 at American Legion Post 20 on Quarry Road. The big turnout was a good sign, United Way Executive Director John Bernardi said.

“It is testament to the fact that we remain relevant and an important part of the community,” he said.

Wolter, who along with Amy House heads the Champlain Valley Chapter of Compassionate Friends, said United Way funding is vital for that organization to fulfill its mission.

Compassionate Friends is a self-help group of volunteers for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings whose (children) have died.

“Our job is to serve. That’s what our life plan is, and we are all volunteers, and we give from the heart,” Wolter said.

“We can tell from the people we’ve helped that they have moved on in their grief journey.”

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