United Way plans its annual campaign kick-off breakfast

PLATTSBURGH - The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. will officially kick off its 2011-12 fundraising campaign with its annual campaign kick-off breakfast Thursday, Sept. 16.

The breakfast will be held at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road, beginning at 8 a.m. John C. Bernardi, executive director of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, will announce the results of the pacesetters campaign. Pacesetters are those who conduct in-house United Way campaigns during the month of August to show their leadership and community spirit by helping to get the United Way campaign off to a good start.

The 2011-12 campaign will be under the leadership of chairman Kirk A. Stallsmith, vice president of operations for the Plattsburgh division of Georgia Pacific. Stallsmith has extended an offer to anyone in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties who would like to get involved and become a campaign volunteer to contact the United Way. The volunteer opportunity can be a very enriching and rewarding experience, said Stallsmith, who noted volunteers are much needed as the campaign team works toward meeting a $750,000 fundraising goal.

"Our mission is to be a leader in community partnership building and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another," added Bernardi. "We are really excited about the campaign this year and we have assembled a tremendous group of people who are committed to the success of the campaign."

The campaign kick-off breakfast will be open to the public with a cost of $15 per person or $120 per eight-person table. Registration forms may be downloaded from the United Way's Web site, www.unitedwayadk.org, under the Special Events section. Registration forms must be turned in by Thursday, Sept. 9. For more information about helping the United Way or registering for the breakfast, call the United Way of the Adirondack Region at 563-0028.

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