Celebrating 70 United Years

Adrian Vido and Gary Parent are the co-chairs for the United Way's 70 Years reUnited birthday celebration.

Adrian Vido and Gary Parent are the co-chairs for the United Way’s 70 Years reUnited birthday celebration.

(WINDSOR, ON) – United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County was incorporated on October 24, 1947 and since that time has had the privilege of supporting kids, families, and seniors in the community through tremendous partnerships and dedicated supporters.

This year, United Way has big plans to celebrate its 70th birthday by bringing together the hundreds of people who have volunteered, donated, and supported United Way over the past seven decades. The organization will say thank you with some unique activities, as well as looking to the future of United Way at an event called 70 Years reUnited, taking place on the evening of November 10.

“United Way has changed since I was involved decades ago. It makes funding decisions based on a strategic framework with a laser focus on its priorities, and that’s an impressive step forward,” said Adrian Vido, 70 Years reUnited Co-Chair. “Now is the time for everyone to get reacquainted with United Way.”

The event will be a party, and an interactive, visual experience through the last seven decades, as well as a reunion for past supporters to reconnect and socialize. People will be able to learn about the history of United Way in the local community, and hear some great stories.

“I have never been prouder to be a part of this organization, for its efforts to improve the quality of life for so many people in Windsor and Essex County,” said Co-Chair Gary Parent. “It’s time to celebrate those achievements.”

Many companies, unions, volunteers, and individual supporters have helped get United Way to 70 years strong. That’s why United Way wants to hear from the public to collect pictures, artifacts, and stories about their memories of United Way over the years. Everyone is encouraged to share their stories and memories between now and the big event in November.

Join United Way’s Facebook Event page to upload stories, photos, or videos, and each month there will be a give away of two free tickets to the event, from amongst the entries. Other ways to connect include visiting the 70 Years reUnited web page where more stories and event details will be posted, and people can email photos, memories, and selfie videos.

To volunteer for the event, contact the United Way office at 519-258-0000 x1178.


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