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Importance of United Way is focus of breakfast meeting

September 28, 2011
  • United Way of Washington County recently held a breakfast for local chief executive officers at Robinwood Medical Center. Pictured are, from left, James Pierne, president and chief executive officer of Susquehanna Bank; Joseph Ross, president and chief executive officer of Meritus Health; and Leah Gayman, executive director of United Way of Washington County.
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United Way of Washington County held a breakfast Sept. 16 for local chief executive officers at Robinwood Medical Center.

The event, sponsored by Meritus Health, was hosted by Joseph Ross, president and chief executive officer of Meritus Health, and James Pierne, president and CEO of Susquehanna Bank.

About 70 people attended the event, which was designed to bring together Washington County's decision makers to discuss community needs and corporate involvement in the community and United Way.

"We have such an incredibly generous business community," said Leah Gayman, United Way executive director. "I am thankful to have had an opportunity to bring CEOs together to talk about United Way and how we can work together to collectively forward change."

In addition to Ross and Pierne, the event included a presentation from Gayman about United Way and the Strategic Community Impact Plan. Deb Gorbsky, site president of Citi, gave a presentation on how large businesses can be involved in the community, and Christian Wright, president of Wright-Gardner Insurance, gave the same presentation geared toward small businesses.

The new, yearly event serves as an unofficial kickoff to United Way's yearly campaign.

This year's campaign co-chairmen are Paul and Dean Giannaris. The campaign will run through Jan. 31, 2012.  

For more information, call Addie Nardi at 301-739-8200, ext. 12, or send an email to anardi@unitedwaywashcounty.org.

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