Events

United Way works with a variety of community partners to host community events, fundraisers, and celebrations throughout the year. We invite donors, businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders to get involved in support for our work.

For information regarding events, email maggie@unitedwaymv.org or call 315–733–4691 ext. 226

Hosted by Assemblyman Marc Butler and Rocky and Barb Fiato, owners of the Waterfront Grille, this annual event brings sports fans, families, and United Way fans together for an indoor tailgate party during the last NFL playoff games. In 2020, this event celebrated its 17th year! With your traditional tailgate food, football, and great raffle prizes, this event is one you won’t want to miss!

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Check out photos from 2019 here! 

Event canceled for 2021 due to COVID-19.
2022 Sponsorships Available. Contact liveunited@unitedwaymv.org for opportunity details!

Hosted by our Women United affinity group, this event is in March around International Women's Day! With only 150 tickets sold, you don’t want to miss the chance to connect with other women who want to enact real change here in our community! This event fundraises specifically for our Ready for Kindergarten Initiative.

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Check out some photos from the 2020 event here.

This event is canceled for 2021.

2022 Sponsorships Available. Contact liveunited@unitedwaymv.org for opportunity details!

United Way MV Emerging Leaders United hosts this fun and affordable headshot experience: Headshot Happy Hour! At this event, attendees network with other local professionals and get their very own one-on-one portrait session with a local professional photographer. Limited spots available sell out fast!

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This event is canceled for 2021, but will be back in 2022!

Each spring United Way MV Emerging Leaders United takes part in the "Keep the Mohawk Valley Beautiful" clean-up effort (the local chapter of "Keep America Beautiful") at the beginning of May. Volunteers come together to help clean-up our community after the winter melt. 

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United Way MV and Cliff's Local Market partner up each spring bringing volunteers to pump gas at several gas station locations owned and operated by Clifford Fuel. Volunteers help raise "tips" as donations to United Way MV. Volunteers can sign up as groups and compete for the most tips collected to win a trophy and bragging rights!

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Sponsorships and volunteers needed. Contact liveunited@unitedwaymv.org for opportunity details!

For this annual day of volunteering, United Way brings people together to help make an impact in our local neighborhoods. Many companies allow employees to utilize work time to volunteer with United Way MV and make a difference in the community that supports their local business. Each year, United Way identifies a service project based on community needs. In the past, we have painted over graffiti, painted murals in local parks, packed hundreds of thousands of meals for local food pantries, and created educational activity stations in local parks and trails with our Born Learning trail kits.

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Check out some photos from 2018 here!

Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities available. Contact liveunited@unitedwaymv.org for details!

For several years, United Way and the Boilermaker Road Race partner for our annual pasta buffet. Volunteers organize this event as part of the Boilermaker Road Race Expo, which takes place the Saturday before the big race. This event offers runners, and their families, an assortment of pasta dishes and sides, while the proceeds benefit United Way MV. Our Emerging Leaders United volunteers join in to assist with the event and greet guests. Whether you are running the Boilermaker Road Race, or not, you can help support United Way just by eating some yummy pasta!

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A big part of our mission is to connect our community members and bring them together to "Live United." This event is a celebration of our community's support as we kick-off our annual fundraising campaign. A family-friendly event with something for everyone to enjoy!

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Sponsorships available. Contact liveunited@unitedwaymv.org for opportunity details!

This event is a short (and we mean really short) run that begins in the back of Saranac Brewery and ends in their courtyard. "Runners will get free early entrance to Saranac's "Octoberfest" and their first drink free. Only .33 miles, less than 2,000 feet, almost 6 football fields, however you cut it, it's short so no need to be an avid runner.

We had to cancel this event for 2020, but we plan to see you all in 2021!
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Take a look at some of the fun we had in 2019!

Sponsorships are available. Contact liveunited@unitedwaymv.org for details!

United Way MV ELU members partner with dozens of local businesses to collect personal care items every October. This drive brings in thousands of needed items for our local non-profit partners. 

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A fundraising event organized by United Way MV Emerging Leaders United. Put on your best or worst flannel and enjoy food, drinks, and games like “Stein Hoisting” as we get ready for a Thursday Night NFL game.

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A unique partnership formed in 1998 between United Way MV and its long-standing supportive community partner F.X. Matt Brewery, which hosts a weekly happy hour fundraiser and concert event throughout the summer. United Way coordinates groups of volunteers from local companies to assist with serving refreshments at Saranac Thursdays and Concert Series events. This volunteer opportunity requires groups to complete an application and selection process due to the high volume of interested groups/individuals and limited volunteer slots. Sign up for our newsletter to be alerted when volunteering applications open.

For more information about the Saranac Thursday selection process, please contact Maggie at maggiew@unitedwayvgu.org or click here.