United Way gets ‘personal’

Esteemed guests – Tim Conners (left) and Joe Lacey spoke Wednesday during the United Way’s annual campaign kick off breakfast. Both Conners and Lacey have benefited from agencies funded by the United Way and they gave motivational speeches about the power of overcoming personal obstacles and giving back to their community.
-Valley News photo by Nicole Reitz

by Nicole Reitz

“It’s our community…and it’s personal,” was the message uttered throughout the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Kick-Off Breakfast held Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Burritt Motors, CENG, Entergy and Planned Results, was held at the American Foundry in Oswego. Executive Director Melanie Trexler gave the opening remarks and was joined by members of the Campaign Cabinet.

Rob Rolfe of Pathfinder Bank is the chairperson for this year’s campaign, replacing Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Port of Oswego Authority.

The annual campaign serves as the United Way’s primary fund-raiser. Last year, the United Way came within 98 percent of its goal of $800,000, securing $780,000 for the many human services programs that the United Way and its member agencies provide for those who live in Oswego County, said Rolfe.

During the 2012-2013 year, the United Way again hopes to raise $800,000.

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