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United Way of Greater Niagara Gearing up for Holidays
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United Way of Greater Niagara Gearing up for Holidays

Holiday gala, Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast on tap; Campaign in full swing

As October draws to a close, United Way of Greater Niagara officials are in full-blown holiday mode with two special holiday-themed events set to take place in the coming weeks.

On Saturday, United Way will celebrate the 6th annual United Way Gala, a fundraiser to support the organization’s efforts.  The gala will take place at 7:00 p.m. inside the Seneca Niagara Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Attendees will enjoy food, fun, a live performance by Penelope and a silent auction featuring hundreds of baskets and other premier items that would be perfect for everyone on your shopping list. Tickets for the gala are still available.

While the gala may get the holiday season started, another upcoming event is sure to get many area families in the holiday mood.

The annual Sugarplum Fairy Breakfast, an event that has been on many local families’ “must attend” list for several years, will be held on Saturday, November 10 in the new Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls. The event starts at 10:00 a.m.

All children in attendance will receive a Barbie doll, breakfast, an opportunity to dance with members of the Greater Niagara Ballet Company and a chance to win a special Holiday Barbie doll.

Tickets for the breakfast are $15 per child and $20 per adult, or $45 for two children and one adult. Proceeds from the event will benefit United Way of Greater Niagara and the Greater Niagara Ballet Company.

“We know what a special time of year the holidays are and we want to help make them more special for the people and families of Niagara County,” said Carol Houwaart-Diez, president, United Way of Greater Niagara. “Loved ones and time-honored traditions help make the holidays memorable. We hope that events like the gala, the Sugarplum Fairy breakfast, the annual Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail and others will continue to be part of family traditions for years to come.”

The holiday events are taking place at busy and important time for United Way, as the organization’s annual Community Care Campaign is in full swing. With just under three weeks remaining in the official portion of the campaign, Houwaart-Diez reports that United Way of Greater Niagara has achieved approximately one-third of its $1.3 million goal for 2012.

“Obviously, the next few weeks will be critically important,” she said. “Many of the corporate campaigns are still taking place throughout the area. The people of Niagara County have been tremendously supportive of United Way for many years, and we are confident they will once again support our efforts to help those friends and neighbors who need somewhere to turn.”

Information on the Community Care Campaign and various United Way events can be found online at www.uwgn.org or by calling United Way of Greater Niagara at (716) 216-4582.

A volunteer-driven agency, United Way of Greater Niagara provides and supports numerous programs throughout Niagara County that focus on making the community healthier and stronger. Each year, more than 80,000 people benefit from nearly 75 programs which United Way supports across the county. For more information, visit www.uwgn.org.

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