Supporters Kick off United Way Fundraising Year at Oktoberfest

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The Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” took place October 24 at Stamford’s Loading Dock where supporters enjoyed an evening of Bavarian festivities that included Abigail Kirsch’s gourmet German buffet dinner, regional beers and wines, music, dancing, a silent auction, games, and more. The fundraising event’s lead sponsors were Greenwich Hospital and Fieldpoint Private Bank. The Alpine setting was provided by Carolyn Dempsey Design.

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Oktoberfest Committee: United Way President Stuart Adelberg, Margot Clark, Steph Cowie, Melanie Dabbs, Mondana Nikoukari, Laura Botoff, Ingrid Arredondo, Erin McCall, Virginia Meyer, Melissa Levin, Karen Keegan Anne Fransciono, Rhiannon Forlini, Jennifer Seidel Missing: Jordan Rhodes, Natalie Stein. Photos by Bob Capazzo

The Oktoberfest Committee was chaired by Melissa Levin and Erin McCall. Along with United Way President Stuart Adelberg, the committee 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 an unqualified success.

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Kim-Marie Evans, Laura Geffs, Keri Cameron. Contributed photo, 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.

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Doug and Pam Kelly, Karen Royce. Contributed photo, Bob Capazzo

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.

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Marie and Marcus Zavattaro. Contributed photo, Bob Capazzo

The media Sponsor for the event was Serendipity magazine.

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 the United Way website.


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Guests dine on Abigail Hirsch’s gourmet Bavarian buffet. Photo courtesy of Bob Capazzo

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Dave and Liz Boutry: “Giving tree”. Photo Bob Capozza

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Jennie and Jim Stehli. Credit Bob Capozza



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