United Way’s Oktoberfest kicks off fund-raising season

Greenwich United Way officials and supporters gathered together for the annual Oktoberfest which kicks off the year for fund-raising for the valuable organization. And while October is past, the drive is ongoing with plenty of chances for people to support the United Way. –Bob Capazzo

Greenwich United Way officials and supporters gathered together for the annual Oktoberfest which kicks off the year for fund-raising for the valuable organization. And while October is past, the drive is ongoing with plenty of chances for people to support the United Way. –Bob Capazzo

The Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” took place Oct. 24 at Stamford’s Loading Dock where supporters enjoyed an evening of Bavarian festivities, including Abigail Kirsch’s gourmet German buffet dinner, regional beers and wines, music, dancing, a silent auction, games, and more.

The fund-raising event’s lead sponsors were Greenwich Hospital and Fieldpoint Private Bank. The Alpine setting was provided by Carolyn Dempsey Design. The Oktoberfest Committee was chaired by Melissa Levin and Erin McCall. Serendipity magazine was the media sponsor for the event.

They, along with United Way President Stuart Adelberg, recognized the generosity of numerous sponsors and the individuals and businesses who contributed over eighty items to the silent auction. They applauded the dozens of volunteers whose enthusiasm and hard work made the evening a success.

Duncan and Erin McCall, an event co-chair, celebrate a successful Oktoberfest. Right, Marilyn Gordon, Stuart Adelberg and Brook Urban all flank the teddy bear that was serving as the unofficial mascot for Oktoberfest. –Bob Capazzo

Duncan and Erin McCall, an event co-chair, celebrate a successful Oktoberfest. Right, Marilyn Gordon, Stuart Adelberg and Brook Urban all flank the teddy bear that was serving as the unofficial mascot for Oktoberfest. –Bob Capazzo

Oktoberfest 2014 launched the United Way’s town-wide fund drive and its 80th year of identifying and meeting local needs. The organization researches and documents the community’s human service needs, and works throughout the town with agency partners to coordinate efficient delivery of local health and human services. Greenwich United Way is in fact the Town’s largest non-government source of human service program funding, made possible by the annual community-wide campaign and special events such as Oktoberfest.

Giving to the annual community-wide fundraising campaign is the most effective and efficient way to support critically needed local services that strengthen children and families, support seniors, foster self-sufficiency and assist individuals in crisis.

For more information about the United Way’s work, how to support it and Oktoberfest 2014, go to Unitedway-greenwich.org.

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