Middlesex United Way: Celebrating 30 years of leadership giving

We hope you will join us on Tuesday at Wesleyan University to help us kick-off our 2019 annual campaign. More than 100 individuals, old friends and new, will join us at Wesleyan University’s Center for Film Studies, located at 301 Washington Terrace in Middletown, for an evening filled with inspiration and camaraderie. On top of being able to meet, or simply catch up, with fellow-like minded community members, attendees will be served libations and appetizers.

This year, you will have the opportunity to meet our campaign co-chairs and hear how excited they are to lead a community to change lives. You will have a first look at a special film being shown in Goldsmith Family Cinema, access to The Rick Nicita Gallery, and the opportunity to participate in a live auction to win sold-out Hamilton tickets at The Bushnell Theater. Our gracious friends at Wesleyan University are letting guests tour their cinema.

This year is even more special than years past as we are celebrating 30 years of leadership giving. We will have a few of our founding leadership donors in the audience with us on Tuesday to recognize them for their impressive contributions. Leadership Circle members are those who inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow in Middlesex County. They are recognized at the following levels: Tocqueville Society, Platinum Circle, Gold Circle, Silver Circle and the Bronze Circle. Our highest level, The Tocqueville Society, is made up of donors who give $10,000 or more to United Way.

The evening will serve as an opportunity to bring together some of our most passionate and committed partners, volunteers and donors and give us the opportunity to explain how they can play a role in the betterment of our community. We are excited to share about our growth, and how we plan on accomplishing a successful campaign with their help.

There are many ways to support our campaign — big or small — and anyone can do it. If your company currently runs a United Way campaign, help make it bigger and better. Share with your co-workers how and why you support Middlesex United Way, become a campaign coordinator and work side by side with us, or even join one of our affinity groups and meet other dedicated individuals in the community.

Any company — from two employees to 20,000 — can hold a Middlesex United Way campaign. And all the dollars raised stay local here in Middlesex County — unless otherwise specified by the donor — to advance education, income, health and housing. If you are interested, we would love to tell you more. Contact Eddie Carroll atEddie.Carroll@MiddlesexUnitedWay.org.

We are eager to get started this year, and are confident that our community will continue to work together to make an even stronger Middlesex County. The event starts at 5:30 PM, with the live auction for Hamilton tickets to follow. It is sure to be an exciting night, and we look forward to seeing you Tuesday.

Kevin Wilhelm is president and CEO of the Middletown-based Middlesex United Way.