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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 Jordan Davies, Volunteer and Event Coordinator or call 315–733–4691, ext. 226.

View our Events Calendar.

JANUARY

ANNUAL TAILGATE PARTY
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 2018, this event will celebrated its 15th year! With your traditional tailgate food, football, and great raffle prizes, this event is one you won’t want to miss! Raffle donations and volunteers needed.

FEBRUARY

LIVE UNITED HOCKEY NIGHT WITH UTICA COLLEGE
United Way partners with Utica College Hockey to create a Live United themed Hockey Night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Volunteers assist with setup/breakdown, donation collection, t-shirt dispersal, and general promotion throughout the event. This event takes place in February. The event's committee meets October through March. Sponsorships available and volunteers needed. Learn more about this year's event!

MARCH

ST. PATRICKS DAYS PARADE
March United in the Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade. United Way staff and volunteers walk in the City of Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Saranac Brewery’s float. This event is a fun way to promote United Way in the community and count down the days to Saranac Thursdays! A family and dog-friendly event! Volunteers needed. Click here to march with United Way this year!

APRIL

ELU LUNCH AND LEARN
Emerging Leaders United hosts a training or meet-and-greet opportunity for young professionals to further develop their skill sets in the workplace. This event will take place for the first time in 2018. Sponsorships available.
 

MAY

CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION
An event and awards ceremony to celebrate our annual fundraising campaign and announce the amount raised. Each year it is held at a different local facility to highlight some of the great businesses in our area. There is always great food, drinks, and entertainment. Sponsorships available.

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE 
United Way supports the National Association of Letter Carriers annual effort to collect food for local pantries. Volunteers help spread the word within their respective workplaces, neighborhoods and on social media outlets. Volunteers needed.

JUNE

“CLIFF’S PUMPS UNITED – PUMP IT FORWARD” 
United Way and Clifford Fuel are partnering in June 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 traveling trophy. Sponsorships available and volunteer groups needed.

100 WOMEN WHO CARE
Hosted by our Women United affinity group, this event is coming to our community for the first time in 2018! With only 100 tickets sold, you don’t want to miss the change to enjoy fun crafts, decorate your own cookie or cupcake, learn life hacks, get a new healthy and clean recipe demo and tasting, chair massages, yoga, a silent disco, and more! Sponsorships available and volunteers needed.

ELU KANS AND JAMS
Emerging Leaders United hosts an annual spring fundraiser. In 2018, they are bringing back this event to be bigger and better! Attendees can come join us at the Whitestown Veteran’s Club and listen to live music, while enjoying “cookout” style food, and play some lawn games with new and old friends. For those who want to be more competitive, teams of two can enter the “Kan Jam” tournament. Sponsorships available.

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. Sponsorships available and volunteers needed.

JULY

BOILERMAKER PASTA BUFFET
Boilermaker volunteers, led by Cindy Dardano, 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. Volunteers help promote the event throughout the day on Friday at MVCC leading up to Saturday’s Pasta Buffet. Volunteers needed.

SEPTEMBER

9/11 DAY OF SERVICE
United Way volunteers partner with Mohawk Valley Regional Volunteer Center to collect, sort and disseminate food to local veterans and food pantries. In most recent years, volunteers assisted with placing and then removing more than 400 flags on the Memorial Parkway in Utica to remember first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. Volunteers needed.

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF
This event kicks-off our annual fundraising campaign. Each year it is held on the third Thursday of September at a different local facility to highlight some of the great businesses in our area. The annual fundraising goal is announced at this event and there is always great food, drinks, and live music entertainment. Sponsorships available.

 

OCTOBER

United Way .5k
Don't miss out on a fun way to give back to our community through what is sure to be an annual event for United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica Area.  This event is a short run that begins in the back parking lot of the Saranac Brewery and ends at the Celtic HarpSponsorships available.

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.  Sponsorships available.

 

GIVING TUESDAY  |  NY GIVES DAY
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.   Sponsorships available.

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 groups needed.

DAYS OF CARING
Days of Caring take place throughout the year and include the distribution of supplies collected from the drives mentioned below. Volunteer Days of Caring can also be set up for local companies and/or organizations to do volunteer work throughout the community. If a group would like to volunteer but does not know what to do or where to go, United Way can help! We will work with you and our community partners to create or match you with a volunteer activity. Sponsorships available and volunteers needed.

DRIVES
United Way helps in more ways than raising funds. Sponsorships available and volunteers needed.

  • Back-to-School Supply Drive: June – August; collection much-needed school supplies to aid children and families struggling to make ends meet.
  • Boots and Coats Drive: November-December

 

For information regarding events, email Jordan Davies, Volunteer and Event Coordinator or call 315–733–4691, ext. 226.