United Way Kicks Off Annual Fundraising Campaign
Event included nonprofit fair, barbecue and baseball game

News Release

September 2, 2011 – Five hundred local residents helped United Way California Capital Region and its partner nonprofits score a home run in kicking off the annual campaign this year at United Way Night at the River Cats Aug. 18.

The event included a fair where residents learned more about United Way’s 140 certified local nonprofit partners, a barbecue dinner, live music and the game featuring the River Cats versus the Albuquerque Isotopes. During the game, a United Way volunteer threw out the opening pitch, members of United Way’s Fit Kids project led the audience in the Seventh Inning Stretch and prizes were awarded.

“This energetic event was a great start to this year’s campaign,” said Steve Heath, president & CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “As we work with 750 employers and 140 nonprofits across the region, we hope more people will find the cause they are passionate about and will give, advocate and volunteer in support of that issue.”

United Way is the region’s leading provider of innovative solutions on the community’s most pressing issues, including high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers work together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.