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Local tailgate party raises money for the United Way

Over the past 17 years, the United Way Tailgate Party has raised an estimated $100,000 for the community.

Posted: Jan 19, 2020 7:05 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2020 12:07 AM

HERKIMER, NY - Mohawk Valley football fans gathered at the Waterfront Grille in Herkimer Sunday, to find out what two teams would end up playing in this year's Super Bowl.

They also raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

Former New York State Assemblyman Marc Butler, along with Rocky and Barb Fiato the owners of the Waterfront Grille, hosted their 17th Annual United Way Tailgate Party.

For $25 tailgaters enjoyed a complimentary beverage, all the food they could eat, and the chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses.

Kristyn Bucciero, Director of Marketing and Development for the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, says all of the proceeds from the day's event will going to support the various programs of the United Way.

"The United Way helps 1-in-4 people in our community. We're funding 50 programs. 4 of which are United Way lead initiatives, like our Ready 4 Kindergarten program, our Free Tax Prep program, and 2-1-1 which is the call center you can call anytime you need to be linked up with help."

Over the past 17 years, the United Way Tailgate Party has raised an estimated $100,000 for the community.

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