2018 -2019 Bradford United Way Campaign Ends in Two Exceeded Goals

“Thank you and Congratulations to Bradford, Port Allegany and Smethport!”, says MaryAnn Quinn, a member of the 2018 -2019 “Be the Change” Campaign Team.  To Live United means we must Work United to reach this level of success in our communities. 

The United Way of the Bradford Area exceeded the goal for two of their three campaigns.  The Bradford campaign goal was $340,000.00 coming in at 101%.  The Port Allegany campaign also exceeded their goal of $17,500.00 arriving at 104%.  Because we have met these goals our funded agencies will not go without and will continue to make lasting impacts on the individuals they serve.

In Smethport, our goal was not met this year.  The goal was $17,500.00 and we finished out at 70%.  “This is not a loss”, says Executive Director, Paige LaBrozzi.  “These are still funds that will go back into the Smethport community to support their initiatives in the coming year.  It may not be 100% but we are still able to provide resources to the agencies for funding, and that is something to be proud of!”

“I would like to thank everyone who helped and gave during this year’s annual campaign, says Campaign Chair, Theresa Funk. “Because of you, you have changed so many people’s lives for the better.  I have learned so much about the community and the organizations the United Way funds.  Volunteering is a lot of hard work and I have a great respect for anyone who gives their time and/or money to this area:.

Karen Costello-Pecht, Board President says, “On behalf of the UWBA Board of Directors, we would like to thank this year’s Campaign Team: Theresa Funk, Jill Henry, Nikki Wiseman, Jean Keltz and Mary Ann Quinn, along with the entire 2018 office staff, Kelly Case (Interim Executive Director), Paige LaBrozzi (current Executive Director), Sarah Lonzi (Administrative Assistant) and Mandi Wilton-Davis (former Executive Director), for all their hard work throughout this campaign.  In addition, we want to thank our communities for their support, whether it was through volunteering, donating or participating in one of our fundraising events, you’ve made a positive impact to the UWBA and to this campaign.  We are extremely grateful and want to thank everyone for helping the UWBA continue their mission, “to raise and distribute funds for the purpose of community building and enhancing the quality of life in the areas we serve”.

On Thursday, February 28th, 2019, the United Way of the Bradford Area will be hosting their Red Feather event in conjunction with their Report to the Community.  It is the first time these events will share the spotlight and we are hopeful for a great turnout. 

For more information on the local United Way, contact the office or visit www.uwbanews.org.