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The Dansville Online
  • United Way of Livingston County to host Gala in the Valley

  • To increase opportunities to raise funds for local not-for-profits, United Way of Livingston County will be hosting an inaugural gala at the historic Wadsworth Homestead in Geneseo Sept. 29.

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  • To increase opportunities to raise funds for local not-for-profits, United Way of Livingston County will be hosting an inaugural gala at the historic Wadsworth Homestead in Geneseo Sept. 29.
    Karen Rumfola, United Way regional director, said the United Way board decided it was time to host a fundraiser like no other in Livingston County.
    Gala in the Valley will start at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction in a banquet tent behind the homestead; with dinner following at 7 p.m.
    The gala will also bestow Joe Gilroy of Kraft Foods in Avon, with the inaugural Gertrude Houston Spirit Award.
    Gertrude Houston was and eight-time Emmy award-winning producer who volunteered for several years as a filmmaker for the United Way’s annual campaign videos. She passed away June 1.
    “She was the epitome of United Way,”?Rumfola said, adding that Houston lived United Way's virtues of give, advocate and volunteer.
    Gilroy will be retiring from Kraft the day before being bestowed with the award. The timing seemed just right to present him with this award, Rumfola said, adding that someone at Kraft will have some hefty shoes to fill.
    During his more than decade-long tenure as United Way campaign coordinator at Kraft, Gilroy helped raise more than $200,000 in employee contributions there.
    After the award presentation, the gala will contiinue with cocktails and live music from Bob’s Brother’s Band.
    Single tickets for the event are $125; single tickets with a VIP?tour of the Wadsworth Homestead are $200. Quantities are limited.
    Rumfola said the Wadsworth Homestead is a perfect showcase for this kind of event.
    Tickets are available at Wegmans in Geneseo and fhe United Way office at 106 Main Street, Geneseo.
    Black tie is optional.
     
     
     

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