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United Way campaign kickoff breakfast held in Fort Myers

Posted at 6:23 AM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 06:23:47-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 62nd Annual United Way community fundraising kickoff breakfast is Tuesday morning in Fort Myers.


It will be held inside the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at Florida Southwestern State College.


Over 900 people are expected to attend, one of the largest crowds in the event’s history. 


Every year, the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee teams up with several companies to raise money for the local community.


It supports 96 agencies in Southwest Florida, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club and much more.


This year, the organization’s goal is to raise $10.3 million.


United Way’s President, Cliff Smith said they’ve reached their goal every year for the past 25 years.


United Way in Southwest Florida was established in 1957 and has raised more than $166 million since then.


The theme is 'Power of You'. United Way is a volunteer-driven organization. Its main mission is to help improve the quality of life.


Tuesday, they will announce how much money they’ve raised so far this year. They have until the end of February to reach their goal.


The breakfast starts at 7:30 AM.