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Events

United Way works with a variety of community partners to host community events, fundraisers, and celebrations throughout the year. We invite donors, businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders to get involved in support for our work. For information regarding events, email volunteer@unitedwayvgu.org or call 315–733–4691.

View our Events Calendar.

JANUARY

ANNUAL TAILGATE PARTY | January 19, 2020
Hosted by Assemblyman Marc Butler and Rocky and Barb Fiato, owners of the Waterfront Grille, this annual event brings sports fans, families and United Way fans together for an indoor tailgate party during the last NFL playoff games. In 2019, this event celebrated its 16th year! With your traditional tailgate food, football, and great raffle prizes, this event is one you won’t want to miss!
Check out photos from 2019 here!
Raffle donations and volunteers needed.

FEBRUARY

ELU LUNCH AND LEARN: TASTE OF SUCCESS
Emerging Leaders United hosts a professional development training workshop & luncheon for young professionals to further develop their skill sets in the workplace.
Check out photos from this event here!

MARCH

100 WOMEN WHO CARE | March 12, 2020 (updated date)
Hosted by our Women United affinity group, this event is in March around International Women's Day! With only 100 tickets sold, you don’t want to miss the chance to connect with women like you who want to enact real change here in our community!
Check out some photos from the 2019 event here.
2020 Sponsorships available. 

APRIL

ELU HEAD SHOT HAPPY HOUR
Emerging Leaders United hosts a fun and affordable headshot experience: Headshot Happy Hour!  Network with other local professionals like you and get your very own one-on-one portrait session. Limited spots available!

MAY

ELU LUNCH AND LEARN: TASTE OF SUCCESS
Emerging Leaders United hosts a professional development training workshop & luncheon for young professionals to further develop their skill sets in the workplace.
Check out photos from the Feb. 2019 event here!

ELU SPRING CLEAN-UP
Emerging Leaders United partners with the City of Utica for "Keep the Mohawk Valley Beautiful" clean up effort on in the beinging of May.
Volunteers needed. 

JUNE

“CLIFF’S PUMPS UNITED – PUMP IT FORWARD” 
United Way and Clifford Fuel are partnered for the third year to allow volunteer groups to pump gas for customers at several locations of gas stations owned and operated by Clifford Fuel. Volunteers will earn tips which will be donations to United Way. Volunteer groups will compete for the most tips collected to win a trophy and bragging rights!
2020 sponsorships available and volunteer groups needed.

DAY OF ACTION
This annual day of service in our community brings people together to help make an impact in our local neighborhoods. Set during the work week, many companies allow employees to utilize work time to volunteer for this one day. This event changes each year. In the past, we have painted over graffiti in our local community, painted murals, and placed “activity trails” in city parks and most recently packed more than 100,000 meals for our local food pantries!
Check out some photos from 2018 here!

JULY

BOILERMAKER PASTA BUFFET 
Boilermaker volunteers organize a pasta buffet fundraiser for United Way at the Boilermaker Road Race Expo. The event offers runners, and their families, pasta dinners with proceeds from the night’s event going to our local United Way. Our Emerging Leaders United volunteers will be on site greeting and servicing guests. Whether you are running the Boilermaker Road Race, or not, you can help support United Way just by eating some yummy pasta!

AUGUST

UNITED WAY BLOCK PARTY 
A big part of our mission is to connect our community members and bring them together to "Live United." This event is a celebration of our community's support as we kick-off our annual fundraising campaign. This will be a family friendly event with something for everyone to enjoy! For full details click here and visit the event page.
2020 sponsorships available. Contact KristynB@unitedwayvgu.org

SEPTEMBER

UNITED WAY 1/2 K
Hosted at Saranac Brewery 

This event is a short run that begins in the back of Saranac Brewery and ends in their courtyard with entracne to "Oktoberfest!" Only .33 miles, less than 2,000 feet, almost 6 football feilds, however you cut it, it's short so no need to be an avid runner!
Take a look at some of the fun we had last year at this event!
Sponsorships available. 

ELU HYGIENE DRIVE
Collection of personal care items to help improve the health, dignity and self-esteem of local individuals.

NOVEMBER

ELU CHANNEL YOUR FLANNEL
A fundraising event organized by Emerging Leaders United. Put on your best or worst flannel and enjoy food, drinks, and games like “Stein Hoisting” as we get ready for a Thursday Night NFL game.
Check out photos from last year's event here! 

GIVING TUESDAY  |  NY GIVES DAY
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Giving Tuesday is a nationwide day of giving that occurs on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday each year and is a celebration of America's greatest traditions: generosity, entrepreneurialism, and community care. Spread the word and ask your friends and family to be a part of giving back on this day!

MULTIPLE MONTHS

SARANAC THURSDAYS AND CONCERT SERIES
A unique partnership formed in 1998 between United Way and its long-standing supportive community partner F.X. Matt Brewery, which hosts a weekly happy hour fundraiser and concert event throughout the summer. United Way coordinates groups of volunteers from local companies to assist with serving refreshments at Saranac Thursdays and Concert Series Events. This volunteer opportunity requires groups to complete an application and selection processes due to the high volume of interested groups/individuals and limited volunteer slots. Volunteer slot are filled for the 2019 season! Sign up for our newsletter to make sure your group doesn't miss out next year!

 

For information regarding events, email volunteer@unitedwayvgu.org or call 315–733–4691.