The United Way of Galveston announced Monday that Galveston County Daily News President and Publisher Leonard Woolsey will be the keynote speaker at the United Way’s campaign kickoff luncheon on August 31.

The United Way Campaign Kickoff Luncheon is held in conjunction with the joined meetings of the Rotary Club of Galveston and the Rotary Club of Galveston Island.

“As the United Way campaign kicks off, we are reminded of what an important role it serves in our community,” said John Zendt, president of the Rotary Club of Galveston. “This effort builds goodwill and friendships as we work to help improve the lives of our neighbors.”

Business leaders, community leaders and all Rotarians are invited to attend this luncheon to mark the beginning of the United Way Fundraising Campaign.

“I believe everyone has a responsibility to give back to their community in the way that is right for them,” Rotary Club of Galveston Island President Rebecca Trout said. “This is fundamental to Rotary’s philosophy of service above self.”

Each year, the United Way raises funds for social-service programs that provide a comprehensive network of support to islanders in need.

The United Way also provides short-term emergency support to those in crisis and long-term solutions that include counseling, mentoring and educational support.

“Our Galveston United Way is important to me because it helps anyone in need in our community regardless of income, gender, ethnicity or age,” said Mary Ferris, United Way of Galveston board president.

The campaign kickoff luncheon is August 31 at Moody Gardens, in the Frances Ann Moody Ballroom. Tickets are available online at www.uwgalv.org or by calling Executive Director Lindsey White at 409-762-4357.

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