Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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United Way "Pancake Flip"

People were flipping over the pancakes at the United Way’s Campaign Kickoff and Pancake Flip. More than 3,500 guests attended the early morning breakfast on a beautiful day at Public Square, polishing off more than 10,000 pancakes.

United Way campaign co-chairmen Ira Kaplan, Patrick Pastore and Terry Stewart announced the $42.5 million goal for the year, a 2.6-percent increase over last year’s $41.4 million result and the highest goal set in the past four years.

Building upon last year’s 1,600-plus workplace campaigns and more than 80,000 contributors, this year’s campaign will focus on increasing the number of participating organizations and donors, explained Bill Kitson, CEO of United Way Cleveland. Volunteers will focus on increasing giving outside of the workplace, as well.

Dozens of community leaders and media members manned the griddles while 40 UPS drivers delivered breakfasts to downtown businesses and organizations. Andre Knott of WTAM served as emcee. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALI McSHERRY






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