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Cape and Islands United Way Hosts 17th Annual Fundraising Event Garnering $185,000

Cape and Islands United Way Hosts 17th Annual Fundraising Event Garnering $185,000

(June 29, 2015 — Barnstable, MA)  The Cape and Islands United Way is able to further impact the lives of thousands of people following its Best Night of the Year fundraiser last night at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. Now in its 17th year, the event was one of the first large-scale galas to be held on Cape Cod and remains among the biggest fundraisers in the area. With more than 350 people in attendance, the organization raised approximately $185,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, and both a silent and a live auction. NBC News Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent Anne Thompson was the Master of Ceremonies.

Formed in 1960, the organization raises money that directly supports critical human services for families on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. With the significant contributions raised at last night’s fundraiser, 48 programs at 39 local nonprofits will be funded. The organization’s President & CEO Barbara Milligan said 25% of the support promised for 2015 comes from the Best Night of the Year fundraising event.

At the podium, Ms. Milligan used the substance addiction crises on the Cape, where it is estimated that nearly 1 in 7 people are suffering from an addiction, as an example of the inter-related issues that the organization addresses. “We have a very complex puzzle on our hands – and substance abuse is only one piece. We have an aging population, lack of affordable housing, seasonal employment – we have families that are in crisis and children who are paying the price.” Ms. Milligan concluded “The Cape and Islands United Way has the unique vantage point to see how pieces fit together – and we have the collective resources of people, partners, donors, business and brand to leverage and lead lasting change.”

Ms. Thompson introduced Kathleen Giorgio, Executive Director of Dream Day on Cape Cod, as the guest speaker. Ms. Giorgio talked about the impact that the United Way has had on their small, grassroots nonprofit that offers a traditional Cape Cod camp experience for critically ill children and their families at their 17-acre facility near Nickerson State Park. Thanks to the support of the United Way, the camp now also offers a day-camp experience for local children who are medically fragile and has been able to build a safe, handicap accessible playground.

The Best Night of the Year Presenting Sponsors were Shepley Wood Products and TD Bank. Premier Sponsors were Joyce Landscaping, Rockland Trust, Dowling & O’Neil Insurance, Law Offices of John C. Dorn, Nauset Disposal, Polhemus Savery DaSilva, J. Brown Landscaping, and RPM Carpets & Floor Coverings. Supporting Sponsors for the event were Gosnold on Cape Cod, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, Bank of Cape Cod, Rick Roy Construction, and Housing Assistance Corporation. Media Sponsors were Cape Cod Media Group and Cape Cod Broadcasting Media Group.

The Best Night of the Year was co-chaired by John Dorn of The Law Offices of John C. Dorn, and Kim Lucas of Disaster Specialists. Food and beverage vendors from throughout the Cape offered tastings under the giant

tent, amidst the luscious surroundings of Willowbend Country Club. The evening, as has become the tradition, went out with a bang thanks to the spectacular fireworks display donated by Atlas Pyrotechnics.

About The Cape and Island United Way

Established in 1960, The Cape and Islands United Way is a local, independent, and professionally-managed nonprofit organization that is governed by a board of Cape Cod business leaders, philanthropists, and community volunteers.   As an affiliate of the worldwide United Way network, The Cape and Islands United Way leverages the United Way brand to address the needs of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  Out of every dollar, 99 cents stays on Cape Cod, while less than 1% goes to the United Way world organization to cover the cost of its membership fee.  The organization’s website is www.uwcapecod.org.