Despite the cancellation of its 17th annual Celebrity Server Fundraiser, United Way of Lake County (UWLC) raised a record $66,246 from its “non” event. The fundraiser was originally scheduled to be held March 12, but was postponed a day prior to this due to the pandemic. It was rescheduled for May 20, only to be canceled in mid-April.
“When it became clear that our postponed event date was not going to happen, our Campaign Chair, Vanessa Tey Iosue, president of Burges & Burges Strategists, sprung into action leading a switch to an online raffle,” says Tami Lewis, UWLC director of marketing and communications. “We also agreed that monies raised would benefit our Lake County Relief Fund, and our Celebrity Servers jumped in at the chance to help, transforming into ‘Community Servers’ and promoting the raffle and baskets each donated.”
The original event was expected to raise an estimated $50,000. The $66,246 the “non” event raised is an increase of 60% over the record $40,000 raised at UWLC’s fundraiser last year.
“I’m beyond grateful to Vanessa for her determination in helping us achieve our greatest fundraising success to date,” says Jennifer McCarty, UWLC president and CEO. “I’m also thankful to our event committee, all the ‘Community Servers’ and local businesses who donated prizes and promoted the raffle, and to everyone at home who participated. I am especially moved by the generosity of those who bought event tickets and opted to donate the funds to us as opposed to requesting refunds. We experienced the very best of our community coming together to help one another.”
All proceeds raised from the Lake County Relief Fund are being put back into the community in support of critical needs that have been brought on by the coronavirus. UWLC is providing funds on a rolling basis, and details on how monies have been used thus far can be found on UWLC’s website.
UWLC is continuing its efforts to raise funds for the Lake County Relief Fund. Donations can be made in one of three ways: online at uwlc.org/give; by texting LCRelief to 44321; or by mailing a check payable to United Way of Lake County to United Way of Lake County, ATT: Lake County Relief, 9285 Progress Pkwy, Mentor, OH 44060.