United Way, JDRF celebrate Toledoans’ generosityWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, the United Way and Juvenile and Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) hosted events highlighting the fundraising successes of staff, volunteers and donors.
The United Way of Greater Toledo celebrated the success of its 2007 campaign at the “Images of Caring” dinner. With the support of more than 41,000 donors and
$14.5 million in funds raised, there was much to praise. While recognizing the achievements of leaders, volunteers and staff, President Bill Kitson reported that in the past two years campaign contributions have increased by 18 percent.
The event was kicked-off by Michael S. Miller, Toledo Free Press editor in chief. Miller shared his personal story of assistance received from the United Way in his youth and thanked all involved for not just changing lives but for saving lives.
The leadership of Toledo Free Press also celebrated corporate and individual donors at the JDRF “Dream Gala.” Publisher Thomas F. Pounds led the corporate underwriting efforts for the event, which featured 19 corporate sponsors.
One of the primary corporate sponsors was Libbey.
“Supporting the research to find a cure for juvenile diabetes is important to us. Libbey is proud to support the JDRF again this year,” said Libbey’s Tim Paige.
Also offering financial and volunteer support of the event was Northwestern Mutual. Employee Benefit Specialist Jennifer Russeau served as the gala chair. Lori Karasek, JDRF branch manager, estimated the event raised $125,000.
May 3: Spring Up Day. Volunteers are needed to help with spring cleanup at the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, call (419)471-4663.
May 3: Paw Hoorah. Enjoy cocktails (cash bar) and your favorite gourmet grazing delights as you walk among hundreds of silent-auction items at the Toledo Country Club. Proceeds benefit Planned Pethood’s programs. Call (419)389-4655 for informaiton.
May 9: Rainforest Rumba. Join supporters of the Maumee Country Valley Day School for an evening of food and fun at The Toledo Zoo’s Nairobi Pavilion. This event benefits the general operations, scholarships and special projects of the school. Tickets are $75.
Casual attire. Visit rainforestrumba.com or call (419)381-1313 for information.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping people and businesses to develop strategies for philanthropy and community relationships. She can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com or (419)297-3047.