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Maurice “Moe” Boisvert, president and CEO of Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. was the guest speaker for the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton Inc. 2010 Annual Fundraising Kick-Off held at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village Thursday, Sept. 23. Rich Hosford. (click for larger version)
September 26, 2010
STURBRIDGE — The goal for the 2010 is $326,000 — a figure the United Way admits is a "tremendous undertaking."

Representatives from local nonprofit and community organizations in support of the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton Inc. 2010 Annual Fundraising Kick-Off held Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Campaign Chairman Kim Quinn, of Southbridge Credit Union, said money raised will help the United Way support local organizations working for the betterment of their communities.

"We know this is a tremendous undertaking but we are confident that with your help and support we can reach this goal," she said. "Remember we are working together to make a difference in our own back yards."

Quinn explained the amount to be raised was determined by looking at the applications for financial support received by the United Way from local organizations. The budget committee assessed the requests and determined what needs to be raised to keep adequate funding.

Organizations that sent representatives to the lunch to support the United Way include the Red Cross, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Catholic Charities, Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts, Tri-Valley and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.

United Way Sturbridge Division Chair Pauline White said many people support the United Way because of the organization's firm commitment to keep funds raised in the area benefiting local communities.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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