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Local United Way kicks off $700,000 fundraising campaign

United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. annually assists other not-for-profit organizations that provide health and human services to children, adults, senior citizens and families throughout Clinton and Essex counties. Organizations which have benefited from United Way funding include Adirondack Experience Inc., an therapeutic outdoor program for youths at risk and the visually impaired; the Champlain Valley chapter of Compassionate Friends, a self-help bereavement support group; and more than 30 other agencies funding for which all remains local, Mr. Bernardi said.

"With your help, we hope to deliver the goods this year," said Mr. Bernardi, "in terms of getting these much needed funds to the service providers so that our friends and neighbors can be well cared for."

Donations may be made either directly to the local United Way chapter, located at 45 Tom Miller Road, or through a payroll deduction, which may be arranged through the donor's employer.

The next event to support the local United Way will be a polo match and barbecue this Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Bark Eater Inn and Stables on Alstead Hill Lane in Keene. The event will begin at noon and feature live music and sky diving show. For more information about that event, contact Shirley O'Connell at 563-8450.

For more information regarding how to contribute to the 2008 United Way fundraising campaign, contact Mr. Bernardi at 563-0028, or visit www.unitedwayce.org .

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