For release February 4, 2014
United Way Celebrates its 80th With 60s Music Legends
Micky Dolenz, Mark Lindsay, Peter Noone and Guests Rock the Palace
The Greenwich United Way marked its 80th anniversary with a “Legends of the 60s” benefit concert at the Palace Theatre Thursday, January 30th. Lead singers Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders reprised some of their greatest sounds in a rocking fundraiser for the organization founded in 1933 as the Greenwich Community Chest and Council. View photos from the event.
Co-chairs of the benefit were Patricia Burns and Amanda Davis, who arranged a VIP pre-concert event catered by Watson’s Catering in the theatre’s upper lobby/Sackler Gallery? where the rock stars appeared briefly for photos with some of the crowd. Supporters bid online for silent auction items including a
Vintage Rosewood Fingerboard Guitar autographed by the evening’s performers.
Taking the stage as emcee, United Way President Stuart Adelberg thanked the crowd for being part the organization’s 80thbirthday bash and for the extensive support that allows it to continuing to function as the largest source of non-governmental funding for local heath and human service programs. Then he introduced the main act.
Before the night was over, the four legends of the 60s had concert-goers rocking in the Palace aisles.\
Greenwich United Way at 80
The Greenwich Community Chest and Council was founded on the premise that the community would benefit from by a broad fundraising effort intended to support the entire system of human services based on clearly illustrated needs and the proven effectiveness of funded programs.
Our founders knew that a Community Chest would have the greatest impact raising and allocating dollars if guided by a Community Council – charged with carefully documenting local needs and ensuring that the right services were being provided in a coordinated fashion. The compassion of the Chest and the wisdom of the Council remain as effective today, under the banner of the Greenwich United Way, as when they were instituted in 1933.
“In the current year,” Mr. Adelberg said, “we are putting $2.4 million to work across the community. These dollars are supporting programs that strengthen children and families, assist individuals in crisis, foster self sufficiency, and improve the lives of local seniors. They are funding United Way Early Childhood and Youth Services initiatives, Agency Support Efforts, Community Planning and Impact efforts, Critical Needs Grants, and more.