A Home Run for United Way Donors

GabeMalemudGuest blogger, Gabe Malemud is a United Way of Greater Cleveland Young Leaders Corporate Chapter Chair at Key Bank and Humanitarian Society Donor.

WOW! United Way of Greater Cleveland recently hosted a great appreciation event for members of their Humanitarian Society (donors and benefactors who give between $1,000 and $9,999 to the annual campaign). We were invited to Progressive Field as the Indians took on the Diamondbacks!

My parents raised me to look out for my neighbors, my friends and my community when they are in need. Now I’m in a position to give back and United Way’s Humanitarian Society is the perfect way to execute my principles.

I’m a Humanitarian donor because I believe in the investments United Way makes in education, income and health to solve our community’s problems. My donation to United Way helps kids, their families and Greater Cleveland as a whole. The dollars I donate assist many nonprofits with meeting United Way’s goal to build a healthy community where all kids graduate and our neighbors are financially stable.

I was honored when United Way selected me to throw out the first pitch at last week’s game. Growing up, I was never much of a baseball player; it was even hard to remember the last time I threw a baseball. I was a little nervous, but with support from my fiancée Kristen, I took the mound and threw what I called a “high strike.” It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

After throwing out the first pitch, I received a full tour of the tunnels beneath the stadium providing me an up-close view of the Indians’ Trevor Bauer warming up for his start.

Following the Indians excitement was the Humanitarian Society reception which included food and drinks, a photo booth with props and mingling with other Humanitarian donors. It was an opportunity to share ideas and celebrate the great work of our donations.

Each year, United Way hosts a phenomenal Humanitarian Society reception and this year was no different! Kristen and I are humbled to donate to a great organization like United Way and we will continue to support United Way and their work in education, income and health throughout Greater Cleveland.

If you’d like to make an investment in our community, please give now. And if you’re interested in becoming a member of the Humanitarian Society, contact Tanzie Adams at 216-436-2193 or tadams@unitedwaycleveland.org.

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