LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Wadsworth Estate was once again alive with black ties and evening dresses Saturday night as folks toasted the United Way of Livingston County and the fundraising they do in support of local charities.
United Way set a goal for themselves, to sell 200 tickets for their dazzling annual event, dubbed the Gala in the Valley. They sold 217, and the money will as always go to the 20 local charitable agencies who partner with United Way.
“I love what I do, that’s just the way it is,” said Karen Rumfola, director of the United Way of Livingston County. “I love the end result, when we are able to give back to the agencies that offer our community so much.”
The evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, live music courtesy of Bob’s Brothers Band, and dancing. The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Gertrude Houston Spirit Award, which this year went to Beth Peroy of the Genesee-Wyoming Railroad for her exceptional heart and devotion to United Way.
“I’m glad that I can do what I do,” said Peroy. “I fill out forms for people and tell them our company will match whatever they give dollar for dollar, so even the smallest donations really help.”
Senator Catherine Young presented the award alongside Rumfola and Geneseo Town Justice Kathleen Houston.
The partnering agencies with United Way are the Livingston County Chapter of the American Red Cross; Arc of Livingston-Wyoming; SUNY Geneseo Soaring Stars; Boy Scouts of America – Iroquois Trail Inc.; Chances and Changes; Dansville Ecumenical Community Food Pantry; E.A.R.S. Lifeline Program; Focus on the Children; Genesee Valley Health Partnership; Teresa House; Hillside Children’s Center; Literacy Volunteers of Livingston County; Livingston County Youth Advocacy Program; Livingston County Office for the Aging; National MS Society – Upstate New York Chapter; Source of Success; Catholic Charities of Livingston County; Girl Scouts of Western New York I.nc.; PEACE, INC.; and Geneseo Parish Outreach Center.