Fat Tuesday event at Lot 10 tomorrow will raise funds for United Way of Tompkins County

February 8, 2016 by Rachel Cera

Fat Tuesday this week means the United Way of Tompkins County is reprising its successful fundraiser from the last couple of years with an early evening Mardi Gras event at Lot 10 in Downtown Ithaca. Organizers say 100% of tips and proceeds from a silent auction will go to the United Way.

This year's United Way goal, revealed at their kick-off event at Stewart Park last summer.This year's United Way goal, revealed at their kick-off event at Stewart Park last summer.Lot 10's staff will be assisted by guest bartenders including United Way director James Brown, local noteables such as Tatiana Sy from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Lynnette Scofield from the William Henry Miller Inn, and Charlie Mulligan from GiveGab, and several area media personalities, like Greg Fry and Lee Rayburn from WHCU and Gabe Z95.5. The downtown pub has once again concocted a specialty Mardi Gras cocktail for the event, and proceeds from that will be donated to the United Way, as well.

The goal of this year's United Way of Tompkins County community campaign is $2,012,638, which includes proceeds from fundraising events as well as pledged donations from members of the community. Many area employers distribute pledge cards and encourage staff to contribute through payroll deductions. Small amounts collected through the entire year can amount to substantial individual donations.

While many non-profits use a large portion of donated funds to cover administrative costs, including staff salaries as well as fundraising expenses, the United Way of Tompkins County says 100% of individual gifts go directly to supported programs and agencies. Administrative costs are covered by the United Way corporate cornerstone program.

Cornell University staff may visit unitedway.cornell.edu to have donations automatically deducted from payroll or download a pledge card, and anyone in the community can donate at uwtc.org.

The event runs from 5-8pm at Lot 10 on South Cayuga Street just off the Downtown Ithaca Commons.

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