Hundreds of community members celebrated United Community Ministries’ 45th Anniversary at its annual Spring Gala on Saturday, March 29, at the Madison Building Atrium, U.S. Patent and Trademark Building, in Old Town. Hosted by The Friends of UCM volunteers, the event raised more than $170,000 to bring help and hope to thousands of local low-income individuals and families. The evening featured cocktails, silent and live auctions, gourmet dinner, raffle drawing for a special Casa de Campo resort trip, and dancing with the Tower House dance band.
“Since 1969, UCM has grown from a small collection of services providing food, clothing, and shelter to people in need — to a robust organization with diverse services that stabilize, empower, and engage,” said UCM Executive Director Shirley Marshall. “We are so grateful for the Friends of UCM’s enthusiasm, energy, and creativity. They exemplify the caring and can-do spirit in our great community. Thank you to all our generous supporters and attendees for a wonderful evening celebrating this special milestone.”
UCM also premiered a new video “The Heart of Community." It is available for viewing via www.ucmagency.org , along with a list acknowledging gala sponsors and auction donors.