Chicken barbecue raises $3,500 for Orleans County United Way

Posted 13 July 2021 at 10:55 am

Provided photo: The United Way team takes a short break after hours of hard work. On July 10 during a chicken barbecue at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Press Release, Orleans County United Way

KNOWLESVILLE –  This past Saturday an enthusiastic group of 15 staff and volunteers came together at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds for the United Way’s summer chicken barbecue fundraiser.

Community members were able to drive up and have their meals brought to their vehicle by a team of volunteers while the kitchen crew assembled over 700 dinners. The event raised approximately $3,500 for United Way funded programs in Orleans County. Remaining dinners were donated to Community Action’s Holley Community Center.

The United Way is grateful to the volunteers who helped make this event a success: Kathy Valley, Carol Bellack and Chris Leavitt. Katie Moll, Natalie Wagner, Matt Kreutz and Scott Gaylord assembled dinners in the kitchen along with United Way staff Matthew Holland, Nyla Gaylord and Dawn Winkler. Executive Director Dean Bellack and board members Jackie Gardner, Darren Wilson, Jim Punch, and Ayesha Kreutz handled the drive-up dinner distribution.

The United Way is launching an aggressive fundraising campaign to raise support for its 15 partner agencies in Orleans County. This fall there will be a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue fundraiser on Sept. 25. Tickets are available online right now by clicking here.

On November 19th, entertainer Jimmy Mazz will be at the Maison Albion to headline the United Way’s signature fundraising event “Blast from the Past” featuring songs that made memories from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. In addition to Jimmy’s Las Vegas-style performance, the event will feature an elegant dinner and live auction.

The Orleans County United Way is truly appreciative of the community for their outstanding support and the service provided by our volunteers. We are “neighbors helping neighbors” and together we are making our community stronger by raising funds to help support our local non-profit organizations.