United-LIVE!-posterUnited Way is kicking off their annual campaign with a fun community concert featuring the talents of local youth on Tuesday, August 20th at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center

On Tuesday, August 20th United Way of Dane County will be kicking off their annual campaign with a fun, inviting, community concert. UNITED LIVE! sponsored by Oscar Mayer will bring together local youth from across Dane County to showcase the importance and strength of empowering our community’s next generation of leaders. This year’s event is focused on increasing the academic success of everyone in our community through targeted strategies in the areas of Education, Safety and Health.

“We invite everyone to come out for this free community event and see what incredible things are happening in our community,” says Doug Nelson, Regional President of BMO Harris Bank and 2013 United Way Campaign Chair. “This event is a great opportunity to enjoy incredible local talent, get involved in a great cause and celebrate all  things that make Dane County a great place to live and work.”

This year’s kickoff event marks the start of our community’s largest volunteer event—Days of Caring— which will mobilize over 3,500 volunteers between August 20-23.

Featured acts at this year’s free event include Girl Neighborhood Power Step Team of Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Isabel Roden, Okinawan Taiko Drummers, Black Star Drum Line, Jacob Jones, Flash Drive and the Boys and Girls Club CAPA Program.

At the kick-off luncheon, United Way volunteers will be assembling Academic Success kits for middle and high school students as part of this year’s donation drive. Members of the community can donate: dictionaries, zipper binders, thesaurus, protractors, alarm clocks, mechanical pencils and pens. These kits will be provided to families as a way to engage with their students and help set them up for success in school.

To RSVP for this event for yourself, or a friend visit https://www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/kickoff/ or contact Dave Tatro at 246-6320 or dtatro@uwdc.org.