Boosted by event sponsorships, United Services 19th Annual Irish Night raised a record $13,000 for Children and Family Programs in its first online event.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the agency to postpone its annual St. Patrick’s Day themed event in March, as well as move the event online.
United Services held a weeklong online auction capped with a live Zoom event Oct. 16, featuring a concert from Kala Farnham.
Event sponsors Mutual of America, Genoa Healthcare and Putnam Ford, as well as Jewett City Savings Bank and Lake Road Generating helped to make the event a success. More than 35 local businesses donated items or gift certificates to make the auction packages.
United Services President/CEO Diane L. Manning said United Services has seen an increase in demand for children’s mental health services this year, as children and families deal with the stressors of the pandemic and the disruptions it has brought to daily life.
All proceeds benefitted United Services Children and Family Programs including: One of the busiest Child Guidance Clinics in the state, an award-winning program providing trauma-informed and trauma-focused mental health services for children and adolescents; family programs, including parent education and support groups such as Kinship Care; the region’s only Domestic Violence Program with 24/7/365 emergency crisis, shelter and supportive services to families; Youth Service Bureau and Juvenile Review Board, coordinating youth service programs, juvenile justice intervention.


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