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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.

JANUARY

ANNUAL TAILGATE PARTY
Each year, the Tailgate Party is hosted by Assemblyman Marc Butler and Rocky and Barb Fiato owners of the Waterfront Grille in Herkimer. Proceeds benefit our local United Way.

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.

MARCH

ST. PATRICKS DAYS PARADE

YOUNG LEADERS UNITED ST. PATRICKS DAY BREAKFAST

APRIL

CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION
The Campaign Celebration event marks the end of United Way's annual fundraising effort and gives us the opportunity to thank local companies, donors, and volunteers for their generosity and commitment to our community.

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

GET FIT FOR UNITED WAY
A fundraising event to promote fitness organized by a volunteer committee, Young Leaders United, which takes place in May. Enjoy several different fitness group classes, work out in the gym, shop discounted merchandise and browse the raffle baskets! Attendees will receive a swag bag of health and fitness related goodies. Sponsorships available.

JUNE

“CLIFF’S PUMPS UNITED – PUMP IT FORWARD” 
United Way and Clifford Fuel partner to allow volunteer groups to pump gas for customers at several "Cliff's Local Market" gas station locations owned and operated by Clifford Fuel. Volunteers earn tips which donated to United Way. Volunteer groups compete for the most tips collected to win a traveling trophy. Sponsorships available and volunteer groups 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 are needed to help promote the event throughout the day on Friday at MVCC leading up to Saturday’s Pasta Buffet.

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. Sponsorships available and 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 some great food, drinks, and live music entertainment. Sponsorships available.

NOVEMBER

CHANNEL YOUR FLANNEL
A fundraising event organized by a volunteer committee, Young Leaders United, which takes place in November. Put on your best or worst flannel and enjoy food, drinks and games like “Stein Hoisting” and trivia and we get ready for a Thursday Night NFL game! (Sponsorships available.)