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2015 Campaign Kickoff

United Way of Erie County will officially launch the 2015 workplace campaign season on Thursday, September 10 during an energizing rally-style event at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center beginning at 4:30pm which is being sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.

Charles “Boo" Hagerty, Vice President, Northern Tier Market for UPMC Health Plan is Chair of United Way’s 2015 Campaign and will address an estimated 300 attendees at the event along with Board Vice Chair Janel Bonsell of Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C.

Also at the Kickoff, United Way will announce a variety of incentive prizes designed to encourage people to give. Donors who contribute $156 a year – just $3.00 a week – to United Way of Erie County during the 2015 Campaign are eligible for one of six prizes.

There are three additional “Step-Up” incentive prizes for those who either increase their gift by 50 cents per week or begin contributing for the first time. An additional incentive this year is a weekly drawing for a $25 Scott Enterprises Ultimate Gift Card that will be given away for anyone who provides new or updated contact information to the organization via the webpage:

United Way of Erie County's LIVE UNITED 2025 bold goal of helping 10,000 more local families become self-sufficient is leading the organization to find even better ways to bring the community together.

United Way is unique in that we sit at the intersection of business, individuals and the nonprofit community," said Bill Jackson, United Way president. "This campaign brings all three groups together to provide solutions to people in Erie County who need them."

This year's campaign video was generously underwritten by UPMC Hamot and UPMC Health Plan and Tungsten Creative Marketing Group and can be found at

United Way looks forward to expanding and deepening relationships with supporters in the community. And, the Campaign Kickoff event will set the stage for what promises to be an exciting start to the next Century!

About United Way of Erie County: United Way of Erie County is working to reduce poverty in our region by changing community conditions and creating opportunities for a better life for everyone. We mobilize people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, resources and expertise needed to get things done. Thanks to the generous community support we receive, United Way helps improve the lives of one out of every three people in Erie County each year. Last year alone, more than 100,000 friends and neighbors in our region were touched by United Way. Additional information about United Way of Erie County programs and initiatives can be found at