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Greenwich First Selectman Will Help Kick Off United Way Campaign

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei will help kick off the Greenwich United Way's  2014-2015 Community Campaign on Thursday, Sept. 18.
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei will help kick off the Greenwich United Way's 2014-2015 Community Campaign on Thursday, Sept. 18. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich United Way 2014-15 Community Campaign officially kicks off Thursday, Sept. 18, with First Selectman Peter Tesei announcing the organization’s 80th fall fundraising launch in a brief ceremony on the steps of Town Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Tesei and the United Way invite all residents, businesses, town employees and others to join in saluting and supporting the local United Way and its efforts on the community’s behalf.

Tesei’s proclamation notes in part that the United Way, in the midst of its milestone 80th anniversary of identifying and meeting the health and human service needs of the community, each year raises and distributes more dollars for essential local services than any other nongovernmental source.

The United Way campaign co-chairs are Brook and Dr. Michael Urban. Brook is a past president of the Junior League of Greenwich and a past executive director of the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross. Urban is a Greenwich anesthesiologist, and a member of the board of United Way partner agency, Liberation Programs.

Leadership Division Chairman Debra McLaughlin is seeking individual contributions of $1,500 to $9,999. McLaughlin has been a major player with the Junior League of Greenwich, where she is serving on the board. She has a penchant for fundraising, and for tutoring children as part of our Reading Champions program. Together with participants in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, who contribute $10,000 and above, Leadership donors are responsible for over 70 percent of the annual Campaign proceeds.

Other campaign volunteers who will be introduced at the ceremony will be Business and Professional Division Chair Jamie Tyndall.  A member of the Junior League of Greenwich and various professional groups, she is a 25-year mortgage veteran and Greenwich resident since 1995.

The Public Service Division solicits the participation of employees of local nonprofit, education, healthcare and municipal organizations. Greenwich Department of Social Services Commissioner Dr. Alan Barry and Town Clerk Carmella Budkins are again volunteering for the job of encouraging local employees to participate.

The United Way’s first special fundraising event is Oktoberfest, set for Oct. 24 t the Loading Dock in Stamford. For ticket and underwriting information, go to www.unitedway-greenwich.org.

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