It constantly inspires me to see how our community comes together to support causes, and this year, I am amazed once again by the generosity and creativity that so many of you show through the United Way campaign.
I recently had the pleasure of attending Middlesex Hospital’s Apple Pie Contest. Hospital employees baked their best apple pies, employees paid to taste and vote for their favorite, and the top ten pies were auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting Middlesex United Way. Creative, and yummy!
Tower Labs held its annual Bowling for Dollars event in Old Saybrook in early November while a snowstorm was raging outside. That’s dedication!
Liberty Bank is holding its Lbay—like Ebay, only better—auction, and they are selling cookbooks to benefit United Way. If you are interested in one of the cookbooks, ask at a local branch.
Many companies have wrapped up their campaigns, and there are so many successes to share.
Just last week, I was invited over to Standard-Knapp, which just completed a very successful campaign. Through employee contributions, a company match and a corporate gift, this year they raised the most they have in the past decade.
Several companies have had increases in participation rates thanks to their efforts to include everyone, get the word out, and educate their colleagues about United Way. Mahoney Sabol & Company employees doubled their campaign contributions this year and had a 99 percent participation rate. Middletown Public Schools ran a record-breaking campaign this year, raising 43% more than last year. Special kudos to Wesley employees with a 98 percent participation rate and to Macdonough with a 75 percent increase in participation over last year!
There are many, many more employers in Middlesex County that deserve mention, but I don’t want to give it all away now. We recognize many of them at our annual Campaign Awards Breakfast on May 1. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for more.
While you are at it, please mark your calendar for the following events. Our annual meeting is Jan. 29 at 8 a.m. the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, and you can RSVP now at www.middlesexunitedway.org/AnnualMeeting. Our young professionals group, the Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society, is having a Holiday Social and Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive Thursday, Dec. 13 at Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar in Middletown. See www.middlesexunitedway.org/YLS for more information. Our Women’s Initiative also has several upcoming events. You can get the details at www.middlesexunitedway.org/WI. We love having new faces, so we hope you will make it to an upcoming event!