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United Way of Greater Cleveland Closes 2015-2016 Annual Campaign

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Cleveland (March 4, 2016) Today, United Way of Greater Cleveland closed the 2015-2016 campaign with an Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel with more than 1,000 donors, volunteers and supporters in attendance.

Campaign co-chairs Deb Read, Thompson Hine Managing Partner and Paul Dolan, Cleveland Indians Baseball Co. Chairman and CEO revealed the 2015-2016 campaign raised $40,515,978 to advance United Way’s work in education, income and health.

“Sports are often talked about in numbers, but similar to United Way, numbers are only a small part of the story,” said Dolan. “With United Way, it’s not about batting averages or yards per carry or triple doubles, it’s about impact.”

Read and Dolan also introduced University Hospital’s VP of Government Relations Heidi Gartland and KPMG’s Managing Partner John MacIntosh as co-chairs for the 2016-2017 campaign.

MAI Capital Management Managing Partner and United Way board chair Rick Buoncore delivered the report to the community. He shared United Way’s education, income and health accomplishments over the last year. Successes include United Way-funded food programs serving more than a half-million healthy meals to 35,000 individuals in 2015. Buoncore said this total was double the amount anticipated. Additional Community Impact achievements are outlined in United Way’s annual report.

“My time as board chairman has ended, and I will always remember what I have witnessed in our community,” said Buoncore. “The improved lives, the outstanding work – it happens because thousands of people strive every day to realize United Way’s mission – from the dedicated staff, a rich network of community partners and a caring community of loyal donors, volunteers and board members.”

Buoncore’s successor is Oswald Companies Chairman Marc Byrnes who will serve a two-year term effective today.

During the Annual Meeting, Eaton was recognized for 100 years of generosity to United Way. The celebration also honored Eaton Chairman Sandy Cutler’s retirement. As a former board chair, Cutler oversaw the launch of United Way 2-1-1. Through his personal philanthropy, oversight of Eaton’s philanthropy and involvement as a volunteer solicitor, Cutler and his wife, Sally, have raised more than $90 million for United Way of Greater Cleveland.

Former United Way board chair and 2015 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award Paul Clark of PNC Bank presented this year’s honor to Sally Stewart. Stewart is a United Way of Greater Cleveland board member and co-founder of its Women’s Leadership Council.

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