United Way starts 2014 effort with brunch at Frenchman's Reef
Published: October 19, 2013
Font size: [A] [A] [A]
ST. THOMAS - United Way is starting a new season of fundraising this morning.
The organization, which helps raise money for local charities, is setting a goal this year to raise $450,000 that it can distribute to groups that need it in the territory.
"We're basically thanking our previous donors for their previous dollars, and encouraging them to donate more this year," said Vinod Dadlani, executive director of United Way on St. Thomas and St. John.
The event to mark the start of the fundraising is expected to host about 150 supporters of United Way, which has been around for 36 years. The St. Thomas-St. John chapter has hosted about 20 events, which typically are dinners.
This year, the organization is mixing it up with a brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort.
At the brunch, United Way will honor four notable supporters, including realtor John Foster, second lady Cheryl Francis, reggae artist Pressure and Helen Sebastien Gabriel, who started the Sebastien Majorettes.
United Way has more than a dozen partnerships throughout the community, according to Dadlani.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds stay local," he said.
- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email email@example.com.