5 High School Drumline Showcase, Fireworks & More Planned for United Way of Lake County 8/28 Kickoff

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5 High School Drumline Showcase, Fireworks & More to be Featured at Free United Way of Lake County Kickoff Event August 28



5 High School Drumline Showcase, Fireworks & More to be Featured at Free United Way of Lake County Kickoff Event August 28

Mentor, OH (August 19, 2019) – United Way of Lake County (UWLC) will celebrate their 2019 Campaign Kickoff with a community event on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 6 pm – 8:30 pm at Classic Park, home of the Lake County Captains. Gates will open at 5 pm and the ballpark is located at 35300 Vine Street in Eastlake.

The event is free and open to the public. Five Lake County high school drumlines will be featured. These include the Mentor Fighting Cardinals, the Lake Catholic Cougar Pride, the Fairport Harding Skippers, the Harvey Red Raiders and the Madison Blue Streaks. Fireworks, a 50/50 raffle and an agency fair will also be featured at the event. Food and refreshments will be available from Classic Park’s concession stands.

Ryan Gilkerson, radio personality and Lead Creative at Company 119, will serve as master of ceremonies. The schools are competing to raise the most donations for UWLC to benefit Lake County’s most vulnerable residents. Guests will have the opportunity to help them raise funds by stuffing jars with dollar bills at the event or by contributing online at www.uwlc.org/kickoff-fun anytime now through the event date.

Last year was the first year UWLC kicked off their campaign with a showcase of drumlines from local high schools followed by fireworks. The event drew a record crowd of nearly 2,000 guests.

UWLC’s 2019 Campaign Chair, Vanessa Tey Iosue, President of Burges & Burges Strategists in Cleveland, will join UWLC President and CEO Jennifer McCarty in sharing the organization’s campaign message. The message will focus on the new direction UWLC is taking with the rollout of new, data-driven five-year goals and a newly enhanced funding model. 

“We’re transitioning our old impact model to a new one based on research and the feedback we received during a series of community conversations we held last year to pinpoint the areas of greatest concern to residents. Everything we do comes down to what the community needs and expects,” said McCarty.

According to Tey Iosue, “I’m a lifelong Lake County resident excited to serve my community. Nearly one-third of Lake County residents, our neighbors and friends, are living at or below the poverty line. The large majority of those struggling are men and women who get up every day and go to work but still cannot make ends meet. This is where we come in. It’s important to me that we work together to support the people in our community.”