United Way celebrates 50th

Dressed as United Way superheroes “Captain Change” and “Power Woman,” co-chairs Steve Irion and Susan Alvillar confer before speaking during the 2008-2009 campaign celebration at the Roper Music ballroom this year.

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To celebrate the latest in a long line of milestones, United Way of Mesa County will do what it has been doing for the past half-century here.

Volunteers with the nonprofit will join Partners of Mesa County, the Boy Scouts, the Home Builders Association of Northwestern Colorado, The Salvation Army and others to help renovate
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation facility at 903 Grand Ave.

“We could have easily had a big party, but this isn’t what we’re really about. We want to get out there and help another organization,” said Amanda Crysler, development director for United Way.

Tuesday’s all-day event will mark the 50th anniversary of the local branch of the United Way. In that time, the organization has received more than $20 million in donations that have been turned back into the community for a variety of health and human-service programs.

Volunteers will work throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Cake will be served at 1 p.m.


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