United Way of Lake County’s Premier Leadership Fundraising Event Raises Over $185,000
By Rich Coplan, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Proceeds to support education programs in Lake County’s neediest communities
LAKE COUNTY, IL (June 22, 2015)-Aimed at supporting United Way’s educational programs for at-risk children in the community, United Way of Lake County (UWLC) hosted its 2nd Premier Leadership Fundraising Event on June 16, 2015, at Mettawa Manor, the beautiful home and gardens of Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis, the celebrated journalist and documentarian. Over 140 business leaders and individuals gathered Tuesday evening to help advance the common good of children’s education in Lake County. The annual fundraiser helped raise over $185,000 that will be invested in United Way’s education programs, which ensures the foundation for strong and successful academic futures for Lake County’s most vulnerable children.
During the event, guests learned about the results United Way of Lake County’s education programs are achieving in the Lake County community and had the opportunity to support United Way’s work through the “Fund the Need” Paddle Raiser, emceed by Bill Kurtis. During the Paddle Raiser, Bill Kurtis shared how guests could personally support United Way’s educational programs and initiatives through a variety of giving levels.
“The Premier Leadership Event has become a signature event on the community philanthropic calendar,” said Kristi Long, United Way of Lake County President and CEO. “By attending, everyone has helped to unite leadership and resources to ensure a brighter future for the educational needs of children in Lake County. The generosity of our guests, host and support of all our sponsors is what made this event such a success. As this was our 2nd Premier Leadership Fundraiser, we certainly raised the bar in terms of fundraising and community support for years to come,” she added.
In 2014, the Premier Leadership Event raised over $110,000 in support of United Way’s education programs. The funds allowed UWLC to expand the reach of its Success By 6 Program and served 1,900 children in need. Cumulatively, since 2006, United Way’s educational programs have served over 13,000 at-risk children in Lake County.
Sponsors for the Leadership event included AbbVie, Allstate, Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Cardinal Health, MacLean-Fogg, Baxter, BMO Harris, The Chicago Bears, Medline, Trustmark, Lundbeck, Snap-on Credit, UPS and VW Credit, Inc.
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About United Way of Lake County:
United Way of Lake County (UWLC) is preparing our children to succeed in a changing world by focusing on education and building safe and stable families. We are focusing on four key educational programs: Success By 6 Program—prepare for kindergarten; Reading Success Program—read at grade level; Stay in School Program— graduate high school; and the Safe and Stable Families Program—empowering families. UWLC is overcoming reading and educational barriers by reaching children, from preschool through high school, through these key programs. The overall effect and benefits are multiplied by the strong collaboration with agencies and our community partners. For more information, visit www.LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org.