CORNWALL, Ontario – The best thing about the United Way’s upcoming wine and cheese is not the food – though it’s going to be amazing.
Not the entertainment either – but there’s lots to keep you smiling all night.
The best thing about the event which takes place Nov. 16 at the Cornwall Civic Complex is that it benefits local children.
Nolan Quinn, chair of the 2013 United Way campaign, said in an interview the proceeds from the first-year event are going to charities like the local Big Brothers office and the Boys and Girls Club.
“It’s especially important because we really need to help the vulnerable sectors of our population,” he said. “We want to give a help up to children.
“Every child should be given the opportunity to enjoy the innocence of being young.”
The wine and cheese includes a live and silent auction. Tickets are available at Scotiabank on Brookdale Avenue and the United Way office on Fourth Street.
The local agency is spreading its message beyond the city. While the United Way has always been a regional charity that looks after other agencies and people from Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the message has been going out via counties rep Justin Watkins via one-on-one sessions with regional councils.
“The United Way belongs to the United Counties too,” said Quinn, adding a presentation in north Glengarry was followed by an immediate reuest for some 70 fundraising kits to hand out to employees. “That to me is huge. They should be recognized for that.”