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Greenwich's United Way 'Oktoberfest' Launches Fund Drive

Guests enjoy Greenwich United Way's sixth annual Oktoberfest.
Guests enjoy Greenwich United Way's sixth annual Oktoberfest. Photo Credit: Contributed
Jennie and Jim Stehl dressed up for the Oktoberfest.
Jennie and Jim Stehl dressed up for the Oktoberfest. Photo Credit: Contributed
Jackie Hvolbeck and Stephanie Ashley at the Oktoberfest “Giving Tree."
Jackie Hvolbeck and Stephanie Ashley at the Oktoberfest “Giving Tree." Photo Credit: Contributed
Event chairmen Erin McCall and Melissa Levin thank the big crowd at Oktoberfest.
Event chairmen Erin McCall and Melissa Levin thank the big crowd at Oktoberfest. Photo Credit: Contributed
Carmina Roth and Eileen Kim enjoy the event.
Carmina Roth and Eileen Kim enjoy the event. Photo Credit: Contributed
Ken Mifflin Amy Carbone, andTraci and Michael Fiore attended the United Way event.
Ken Mifflin Amy Carbone, andTraci and Michael Fiore attended the United Way event. Photo Credit: Contributed
Nancy and Jeff Ramer sample edible selections at Oktoberfest.
Nancy and Jeff Ramer sample edible selections at Oktoberfest. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” took place last month at Stamford’s Loading Dock where supporters enjoyed an evening of Bavarian festivities organized by co-chairs Melissa Levin and Erin McCall.

The night included Abigail Kirsch’s gourmet German buffet dinner, regional beers and wines, music, dancing, a silent auction, games for the not particularly skilled, such as “Heads or Tails,” and more.

The fundraising event’s lead sponsors were Greenwich Hospital and Fieldpoint Private Bank. The Alpine setting was provided by Carolyn Dempsey Design.  Levin and McCall joined United Way President Stuart Adelberg in recognizing the generosity of numerous sponsors and the individuals and businesses who contributed over 80 items to the silent auction.  They applauded the dozens of volunteers whose enthusiasm and hard work made the evening a rousing success.

Serendipity magazine was the media sponsor for the event.

Oktoberfest 2014 launched the United Way’s town-wide fund drive and its 80th year of identifying and meeting local needs. The organization researches and documents the community’s human service needs, and works throughout the town with agency partners to coordinate efficient delivery of local health and human services.

Greenwich United Way is the town’s largest non-government source of human service program funding, made possible by the annual community-wide campaign and special events such as Oktoberfest.

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