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United Way to host ‘Gala in the Valley’
“There’s only so many golf tournaments you can have in a year,” said Matt Cole, campaign chair of the 2012 United Way of Livingston County.
Cole says the summer golf fundraisers are popular and well-supported, but non-profit organizations are getting more creative finding ways to support charity services in Livingston County.
This year, the United Way is planning its first “Gala in the Valley,” a black-tie optional dinner and music event Sept. 29 at the Wadsworth Homestead.
As one of the owners in the North Shore Grill in Lakeville, Cole contributes to local golf tournaments and other charity events. He says he also attends a couple of gala fundraisers a year in Rochester — and sees “charity dollars leaving the county.”
“I thought a gala would bring people together at a historical site and show people what Livingston County’s all about,” Cole explained. “It’s going to be a grand event, where you can get dressed up, see people from throughout the county, and maybe show off a little for people from outside the county.”
The Sept. 29 event features a cocktail hour and silent auction, a dinner, and announcement of the “Gertrude Houston Spirit Award.” Afterward, musical entertainment will be provided by Bob’s Brother’s Band.
Single tickets are $125, with a limited number of tickets paired with a VIP reception for $200. Organizers hope to sell at least 200 tickets. The gala is also selling sponsorships at $650, $1,000 and $2,000 that include ticket bundles and listing in the event program.
Single tickets are available at Wegmans. Tickets and sponsorships are also sold at the United Way of Livingston County office at 106 Main St. in Geneseo, or by calling 585-519-4250.
United Way of Livingston County raises money on behalf of 20 local service organizations — including the Red Cross, Teresa House, Chances and Changes, the Boy Scouts, Catholic Charities and Focus on the Children.