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United Way makes annual appeal at Essex County Board of Supervisors

United Way Executive Director John Bernardi with 2012 campaign chairman Gerald Morrow.

United Way Executive Director John Bernardi with 2012 campaign chairman Gerald Morrow. Photo by Daniel E. Alexander.

— United Way of the Adirondack Region Executive Director John Bernardi returned to the Essex County Board of Supervisors Monday, Nov. 4, to make his annual appeal for the organization’s fundraising effort.

“This network provided services to 80,000 people across the region,” Bernardi said of the organization’s efforts in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. “That is half the population, which is really significant in the North Country.”

Bernardi said the United Way has always had a strong connection with Essex County, with three members of the board having served in the same capacity for them.

“I want to thank Gerry (Morrow) for all the support and leadership in the United Way over the years,” Bernardi said. “Randy (Douglas) and Tom (Scozzafava) have also served on the board before.”

“If anyone wants to have a presentation at your town, I will go anywhere to visit and make these presentations,” said Morrow, who served as the fundraising campaign chairman two years ago. “This is the most rewarding committee that I have ever sat on. You see people that are in need, and we have the chance to go in and help them out and it is so rewarding.”

Bernardi said that along with contributions made through the county employees to the United Way, they have seen several town governments become involved with the campaign.

As of Nov. 4, the United Way of the Adirondack Region website reported that $141,270 had been raised toward a goal of $725,000.

To learn more about the annual United Way of the Adirondack Region Campaign or to make a donation, visit the website unitedwayadk.org.

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