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Donors step up United Way contributions

July 11, 2014
Leader Herald

As we celebrate and begin to wind down another campaign year for United Way during what continues as the most economically challenging times our area and nation has seen in more than 30 years, I want to thank our loyal donors for their support during this past year.

More than ever, we need your continued commitment to helping us help others. With two months remaining to wind up the campaign on Aug. 31, we're optimistic to make our goal of $150,000. But we need your support to ensure that happens.

Recently, the United Way held its annual Board of Directors meeting and recognized the key players in its campaign to date. I'm pleased to announce that many of our donors stepped up the amount of their contributions, and this in turn helped ensure that United Way can continue to fund the programs that are so important in our community, and to those in need.

2013-14 Community


(Figures based on actual

receivables and pledges as of June 30 and alphabetically)

Platinum Contributors ($10,000-plus): Wal-Mart Distribution Center and Employees.

Gold Contributors ($5,000-9,999.99): Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Frontier Communications and Employees, Fulton Montgomery Community College Employees, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Price Chopper/Golub Corp. Employees, United Parcel Service Employees.

Silver Contributors ($3,000-4999): Hannaford Foundation and Employees, National Grid and Employees, NBT Bancorp., Permatex Employees, Richard & Rebecca Evans Foundation, Taylor Made and Employees.

Bronze Contributors ($1,000-2999.99): Dryden Mutual Insurance, Family Counseling Center Employees, Fulton County Employees, Michael Gardina, GE CPARS/US Employees, Glove Cities Rotary, Gloversville Enlarged School District Faculty and Administration, HFM Prevention Council Employees, Hannaford Employees Store No. 377, Illinois Tool Works/Permatex Employees, Knox Family Foundation, Louis Mauro Charitable Trust, Nathan Littauer Hospital Employees, David & Christine Pesses, Mr. and Mrs. William Pollak, State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Capital Region, Shiriraj C. Shah, MD, Stewarts Shops Foundation, William H. St. Thomas Family Foundation, Mrs. Ellen Wood.

Every dollar that comes through the doors at the United Way is an important one.

Donors answered the rallying call during these challenging times. We all are working together to assist in raising the quality of life of our entire community, and our work is ongoing. It is not too late to make your investment in United Way count, as you may give today.

The United Way agencies and the programs to which the United Way provides funding to include:

Catholic Charities of Fulton County - Emergency Assistance, Community Maternity Services - Adolescent Maternity Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension - 4H Agricultural & Field Awareness Days, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - Advocates for Children, Family Counseling Center - Domestic Violence "Safe" House, Foothills United Methodist Church - Council of Churches Food Pantry, Glove Theatre - Children's educational theater experience, HFM Prevention Council - Alcohol and Drug Addiction Education, James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society - Animal Health, Literacy NY of Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie Counties - One on One Adult Tutoring, St. John's Episcopal Church - NOAH Community Meals Program, Mental Health Association in Fulton County - Mental Health Education , Salvation Army - Emergency and Social Assistance to the needy, Senior Citizen Center of Gloversville and Fulton County - Health & Wellness for Seniors.

Special acknowledgements and kudos go to the 2013-14 Allocation Committee members Barbara Cline, Christopher Mraz, Todd Rulison, Bill Pollak and Stephanie Morrison, who will remain on the committee for next year, and to new member Roger Rhodes, who is chairing the committee's efforts for 2014-15.

2014 Campaign Division heads were acknowledged:

Automotive - Jeff Brown; Attorney - Brett Preston; Retail - Debbie Stewart; Special Gifts - Debbie Buck; Funeral Director - John Stewart, Industrial/Construction/Trades - Kerry Brunner; Real Estate - Mary Ellen Charles; Accountant - Neal LaMere; Dentist - Gary DiSanto-Rose; Insurance - David Jankowski; Physicians/Medical - David Pesses, MD.

Finally, during the meeting, the 2014-15 Board of Directors was elected and presented: Christopher Mraz, President; Roger Rhodes, Vice-President; Todd Byrns, Treasurer; Debbie Buck, member; Kerry Brunner, member, re-elect; Gregory Matthews, member, re-elect; Stephanie Morrison, member elect; Brett Preston, Esq., new member; Todd Rulison, past president; Tammy Warner, member, re-elect; Larry Zuckerman, member.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in serving on the Board of Directors for United Way, please submit a letter of interest to United Way of Fulton County, PO Box 911, Gloversville, NY 12078, for consideration.

We all know people - friends, neighbors, family members - who have been significantly impacted by the challenges and circumstances over which they may have had little or no control in our flat economy. These people could be any one of us, and like us, never dreamed that they would be in a position of needing help from an organization like United Way of Fulton County and our affiliated agencies.

I urge you to continue with me in doing our part to make this year's United Way campaign the most successful ever. There is still time to make your investment in our community by giving to United Way. For the cost of as little as two to three dollars per week, you can support a program that will positively impact your neighbors, friends or even a family member for an entire year. Underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people with the power to help other people.

We are all rewarded by the realization of making a difference in someone's life and the community where you live, work and play. It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. At United Way, we strive to do both.

This article was submitted by the United Way.



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