Akron, Ohio – United Way of Summit County kicked-off its annual United Way/Red Cross fundraising campaign this morning with its highest goal ever of $12.8 million. Last year the organization raised $12.2 million. The announcement came at United Way’s annual Knight Breakfast at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton. Dr. Luis M. Proenza, president emeritus of The University of Akron, delivered the keynote address.
Ted Walter, 2014 campaign chair and Fifth Third Bank’s City president for the Akron, Canton and Youngstown markets, used the opportunity to thank the many volunteers both past and present who have worked tirelessly in support of the United Way campaign.
“Campaign volunteers are the key to our success each year,” Walter said. “A successful campaign in 2014 will be both a testament to the extraordinary generosity of our community and a testament to the perseverance of a core of committed men and women who truly have the best interests of their community at heart and are willing to give of their time to make it happen.”
The Knight Breakfast was established more than 60 years ago by John S. Knight as a way for local community leaders to gather and preview the upcoming United Way campaign.
To donate or volunteer, go to uwsummit.org.