The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County celebrated raising $14 million in its 2012 campaign and investing that same amount in a variety of health and human service programs, initiatives, partnerships and community activities.
Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, gave the keynote address Tuesday as part of the United Way’s annual “Report to the Community” in the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center on Ellicott Street.
The organization’s key accomplishments, collaborative efforts and partnerships in the areas of education, income and health and wellness were discussed by Steve Finch, chairman of the United Way board of directors and plant manager of GM Powertrain in the Town of Tonawanda.
The United Way also celebrated its 40-year partnership with the Buffalo Bills, as Mary Owen, executive vice president of strategic planning for the Bills, presented Finch and Michael Weiner, United Way president and chief executive officer, with a No. 40 Buffalo Bills jersey bearing the name “United Way” on the back.
The United Way raised $14,033,752 in 2012-13. Its current campaign, which runs through next March, has a goal of $14.2 million.