Campaign Kickoff and Pancake Flip

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United Way’s annual campaign kicked off with some heat September 3rd as more than 10,000 students in 25 CMSD schools were treated to a pancake breakfast. Hundreds of volunteers flipped and served pancakes as the community gathered to mark another ambitious campaign to improve education, health and financial stability in Greater Cleveland.

At Anton Grdina School, several VIPs launched this year’s campaign. CMSD Superintendant Eric Gordon commented on the job at hand.

“We know there is great progress, and we know there is much more work to be done,” he said.

2015 Campaign Co-Chairs, Paul Dolan, Cleveland Indians Baseball Co. Chairman & CEO; Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine LLP Managing Partner, and board chairman Rick Buoncore thanked the crowd and emphasized that United Way’s focus is no longer on a public goal number, but on making the most measurable community impact possible with available resources.

Bill Kitson, president and CEO, also addressed the crowd. “We are changing and saving lives with innovative strategies in education, income and health and measuring our impact in new ways that will continue to earn your trust in our stewardship of your investment,” he said.

The 25 CMSD schools chosen for pancake breakfasts are all part of United Way’s wraparound school strategy, which incorporates social services within 25 low-performing schools. These “Investment Schools” enable teachers and principals to concentrate on academics, address the social needs of students to clear learning barriers, and engage families and community members in our children’s success.

Our thanks to the nearly 500 volunteers who stepped up to help with this huge undertaking! We’re looking forward to a great campaign! LIVE UNITED!

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