The United Way of Anchorage kicked off its 2008 fundraising

The United Way of Anchorage kicked off its 2008 fundraising campaign in September to raise $10.8 million to support Anchorage social service-, health care- and education-related agencies, programs and projects. CIRI aims to contribute at least $70,000 with its employee United Way campaign.

Please join us at CIRI’s United Way kick-off on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m., in the first floor conference room to learn more about United Way and this year’s campaign. The first five people to come to the United Way Kick-off meeting dressed in a costume will get tickets for two at Friday’s game against Fresno Falcons paired with tickets for the VIP lounge.  Courtesy of Jerry Mackie and the Alaska ACES. Please come early to ensure your seats.

This year’s United Way campaign theme is Live United. It supports Anchorage projects that focus on:
Education – give all children and young people access to quality educational services that help them reach their full potential;
Income – train workers and operate job programs that give families financial security;
Health – provide community access to health education, screening and clinical services.

            2008 CIRI United Way campaign events
Leadership Breakfast – Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m., CIRI boardroom
This event thanks last year’s leadership donors and invites all employees to consider contributing at $1,000 or more level for this year’s campaign.
Indian Taco Feed – Nov. 6, 11:30 a.m., CIRI 1st floor conference room
CIRI hosts a fundraising Indian tacos feed with all proceeds donated to the United Way of Anchorage. Indian tacos are made with combinations of ground beef, moose, chopped lettuce, sliced tomato and cheddar cheese served on plate-sized rounds of crispy Indian fry bread. Any volunteers who can help at the event please contact Danielle Larsen, [email protected] or 263-5543.

Hope floats thank you party – Nov. 14, 3 p.m., CIRI boardroom
CIRI hosts a thank you party that features ice cream floats.

CIRI will again award a variety of campaign prizes from local restaurants, shops, movie theatres, and more. To be eligible for prizes:

*Wear a Halloween costume to the kick-off meeting and get entered to win a door prize
*Turn in your completed United Way pledge form at the kick-off meeting and get entered to win a door prize
*Turn in your completed pledge form before Nov. 3, and get entered to win the final prize drawing
*All first-time donors and anyone who increases his or her donation by more than $50 from last year will get an extra entry in the final prize drawing.

Winners will be drawn at the Oct. 31 kick-off meeting and at the Nov 14 Hope Floats party.

Your donation is important to CIRI’s overall employee campaign effort to raise $70,000. Please participate at a level that is meaningful to you. Help make Anchorage a better community. Get involved with this year’s CIRI United Way campaign. Live United!  For additional information please contact Danielle Larsen, CIRI’s United Way employee campaign coordinator.