United Way celebrates the launch of the new campaign year


SEQUIM – United Way of Clallam County will kick off its annual community campaign at Club 7 at 7 Cedars at 11 a.m. today.

The annual “Celebrate United” event at the casino at 270756 US Highway 101 will offer champagne, photo ops, get-togethers and bags full of local produce followed by brunch prepared by 7 Cedars and gourmet champagne cupcakes from That Take the Cake.

Keynote speaker Nash Fung – a Seattle magician, inspirational speaker and community volunteer – will present during the meal, using magic and storytelling.

The cost of the event covers the meal and tickets are available for $80 or $150 for two. A direct link to the event webpage can be found at https://www.unitedwayclallam.org/celebrate-united.

“This event is a chance for the community to dress up, have fun and connect for a common goal of making a real and lasting impact in our community,” said Jaycie Wakefield, United Way’s Director of Development.

This year, the theme of the Centraide campaign is Together we can.

“With the rising cost of food, gas and housing, many people in our community are struggling to keep up,” said CEO Christy Smith.

“Without additional support, members of our community are food insecure, unable to travel, or even risk losing their homes. It is our mission to stop this before it happens.

Each year, United Way of Clallam County officials identify the community’s most critical needs and the organization raises funds to implement ways to improve the lives of people living in Clallam County.

Working with local nonprofits, partners and the public, the agency works to serve more than 46,600 people in the region. Last year, United Way of Clallam County raised more than $1.4 million to reinvest in the community, Wakefield said.

“Last year was a great example of how we came together for success,” she said.

“We have launched our community impact program which aims to provide funding to those who need it most. Our Resilience Project continued to teach community members about best practices in trauma-informed care, we increased our event revenue by 479% by hosting signature events, and we launched an affinity group called Women United; a safe space where all women can uplift and support each other.

“We’re really excited to see how much we can accomplish this year,” she said.

Celebrate United is sponsored by 7 Cedars, That Takes the Cake, First Fed, Platypus Marine, Callis Insurance, DA Davidson, Olympic Peninsula Stone, Bibity Bobity Childcare and Edward Jones Financial Advisors Jennifer Ciarlo and Tyler Johnson. Event logistics are handled by several local businesses including Keith’s Frame of Mind, Sequim Bee Farm, So So Sweet by Ashley, Kindred Collective, B&B Lavender Farm, and more. “Highly distinctive events such as Celebrate United would not be possible without the generosity of local sponsors and a caring community willing to help us bring about positive and lasting change in our community,” says Wakefield.

For more information on this event, visit unitedwayclallam.org or contact Wakefield at [email protected] or 360-457-3011.

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