GREAT FALLS — On Tuesday evening, United Way of Cascade County kicked off their 50th annual fundraising campaign in downtown Great Falls.
Members, volunteers, supporters, and friends were on hand to celebrate the start of the campaign, which will run until about the end of the year.
United Way hosts this fundraiser to raise money to support non-profit agencies, businesses, and civic leaders who will put the money to use in the Cascade County community.
Last year, the fundraiser totaled around $1.1 million. This year’s goal is $1.25 million, a goal that Cascade County United Way President Gary Owens says is lofty, but not unattainable.
“We have a very aggressive and confident campaign cabinet this year and they set a goal of $1.25 Million which is about a 15 percent increase, which is very aggressive for us,” Owens said. “But we’re confident that we can hit that.”
The organization has come a long way since their first fundraiser of this sort 50 years ago, gaining more volunteers and assets that have allowed them to be even more efficient in helping the community.
“With this being our 50-year anniversary, it’s a huge year for us,” Owens said. “We’ve got an unprecedented number of volunteers involved with the campaign and other celebrations so we’re just looking forward to a great year.”
The money will go to 34 non-profits this year and should be a big help for many projects and businesses in the community.
There are several ways you can donate, including online and by mailing a check to United Way of Cascade County. For more information, click here to visit their website.