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United Way kicks off campaign

United Way Executive Director John Bernardi, 2013 campaign chair Gayle Alexander and United Way Board President Kirk Stahlsmith.

United Way Executive Director John Bernardi, 2013 campaign chair Gayle Alexander and United Way Board President Kirk Stahlsmith.

— The United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. held its kick off breakfast this morning at the American Legion Post #20 in Plattsburgh. A near record crowd attended with supporters and partners being represented from throughout the three county region.

“This crowd is representative of the incredible generosity and caring nature of our north country community,” Executive Director John Bernardi said.

The campaign video was debuted and drew applause from the 164 attendees who represented supporters, pacesetters, community partners, board members and volunteers. Gayle Alexander, Denton Publication and this year’s campaign chair, introduced the volunteer campaign team and the goal of $775,000.

“We have assembled a great group of people this year who are committed to the success of the campaign and to the well being of our friends and neighbors,” Alexander said.

Kathy Snow, Director of Development ant Marion Daniels, Director of Finance then announced the pacesetter results. Pacesetters are businesses and organizations that complete their campaign before the kick off. They concluded with an announcement that with all of the pacesetter results in, the campaign was at 18.5 percent of the goal.

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