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United Way campaign kicking off at new airport terminal

Livingston County United Way kicks off its fall campaign in high-flying style by teaming up with the grand opening of the new terminal at the county’s Spencer J. Hardy Airport Tuesday from 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

“Showing off the new full-service facility at the airport is an exciting way to show one way the county is building the area’s economy. As a partner to helping local families, Livingston County United Way’s campaign gives everyone a chance to give back and stretch their charitable dollars,” said David Morse.

Morse, recently-retired Livingston County Prosecutor, and Brian Jonckheere, Livingston County Drain Commissioner, are this year’s campaign chairpersons.

“Plus, airplanes are fun,” Morse added. “It will be an aeronautical carnival atmosphere. Everyone of all ages should enjoy it. Bring the whole family.”

The Campaign Kick-off and airport open house runs 3:30pm to 7:00pm and includes tours of the new terminal, several planes on display, refreshments and prize drawings.

Some of the planes visitors will see include the Yankee Air Museum’s B25 and C47, an L39 Soviet fighter plane, a T6 World War II trainer, Cessna Twins, helicopters, home-built planes and more.

The Livingston County United Way recognizes that no one organization can “fix” the community’s problems, so they continually strive to bring individuals, businesses, schools, organizations and churches together to leverage local United Way donations to help local families. The annual campaign invites area employees and residents to consider supporting the Livingston County United Way.

For every dollar donated, over $2 is directly returned in much-needed services to residents of Livingston County. In the current year, LCUW program dollars are focused on the most critical needs: 44%  – Financial Stability:  Emergency food, shelter and basic needs, 25%  – Every Child Ready:  Services for families and children, 31%  – Community Wellness, and connecting residents to services.

By working together, the LCUW Basic Needs Workgroup was able to meet the unprecedented rise in demand for services due to economic decline. Over the last six years, $1 million in local United Way Basic Needs funding leveraged over $6 million in direct services. In the past three years, the Livingston County Hunger Council has nearly eliminated a 5 million local meal gap.

Sponsors of the Kick-Off event include Advance Metal Alloys, Morgan Stanley, Crosswinds Aviation, VG’s Food Center, Reliable Fleet Service, FirstMerit Bank, Fonson Inc, Epic Aviation LLC.

To attend, please RSVP by calling 810-494-3000 or e-mail lcuw@lcunitedway.org.

To learn more about the Livingston County United Way and how you can help, visit www.lcunitedway.org.

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