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United Way to host annual Campaign Kick Off Breakfast Oct. 29 at the Mann Hall

By Staff | Oct 11, 2019

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee will host its annual 2019-2020 Campaign Kick Off on Oct. 29, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Networking and light breakfast items will be available at 8 a.m. The program will start at 8:30 a.m.

Tickets are on sale for $15, available through the Barbara B. Mann website: bbmannpah.com events/detail/united-way-kickoff-campaign.

The kick off event is the start of United Way’s annual fundraising effort. United Way team members, partner agencies, and volunteers will unite to raise awareness and excitement in the community through the testimonials of donors, advocates, and recipients. Pacesetter results will be announced. United Way Pacesetters are companies that run their campaigns early in order to set the pace for the rest of the community. The event also allows attendees to network with hundreds of United Way supporters.

United Way Campaign Chair Roger Desjarlais will lead the Kick Off to the goal of $10,783,563. This is a 3.3 percent increase over last year’s goal.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “One Way, United Way.”

“United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is our United Way,” Desjarlais said in a prepared statement. “With one gift, you can help 82 agencies with 245 programs that make a difference to people from early childhood through senior life. One person, one donor, one volunteer can make a difference in the lives of many of our friends and neighbors. We want United Way to be your way to make a difference.”

A 2019 Lexus UX Hybrid from Scanlon Auto Group, with a two-year lease will be given away to an annual contributor of $240 or more to the 2019-2020 United Way Campaign. Five donors to the campaign are drawn at random, and one will discover the keys in a gift box at the event.

All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. These agencies serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, and meeting critical needs like helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods.

In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.

The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College at 13350 FSW Parkway in Fort Myers.

For more information, call 239-433-2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.