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Cleveland Indians’ CEO Pitches in to Lead United Way Campaign

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CLEVELAND (July 6, 2015) Cleveland Indian’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paul Dolan joins Deborah Read, managing partner, Thompson Hine, as co-chair for United Way of Greater Cleveland’s 2015-2016 annual fundraising campaign.

“I’ve been involved with United Way for decades and it’s a very important tradition to continue,” said Dolan. “United Way is working to make a difference in our community by focusing on education, income and health, which will make Cleveland a better place.”

Dolan and the Cleveland Indians have partnered with United Way for the annual sports auction, donor appreciation events and most recently, the second annual Stuff the Bus with Books. Stuff the Bus with Books is a book drive which collected more than 10,000 children’s and young adult books to be distributed to students participating in summer learning programs in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

“I have a great partner in Paul Dolan,” said Read, a 30-year United Way volunteer. “I look forward to delivering with Paul a great campaign to benefit this community.”

Dolan and Read will kick off United Way’s campaign Thursday, September 3 with a pancake flip. The 2014 campaign kickoff shifted from the 25-year tradition of flipping and selling pancakes on Public Square to flipping and serving pancakes to students in 17 Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools. This year’s campaign kicks off in 25 CMSD schools.

Jennifer Bell of AON Risk Solutions was announced as the campaign co-chair at United Way’s annual meeting in March. However, Bell has been promoted to a position with AON which requires out-of-state relocation.

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