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United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley hosts 100-year anniversary gala

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley celebrated 100 years of service with a gala at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem Saturday night.

"The United Way has done so much for so many in the community. We have 20,000 contributors and helping more than 60,000 people in the Lehigh Valley," said Dan McCarthy, co-chair of the gala.

The United Way is known for focusing on food access, education, healthy aging and emergency services.

"Tonight we have a gathering of community members and leaders, corporations, volunteers, stop from United Way all rallying together to say look at what we've done but really look at what we can do," said Ashley Russo, event host and a United Way board member.

Organizers said the gala was a celebration of the future of the United Way and its impact on the community going forward. 

Country music superstar Vince Gill was the special guest at the gala. He said performing for the good-doers of the community is a privilege.

"I'm proud to be a part of something that has gone on for 100 years. Of the acts of kindness and acts of community and acts of people once again banding together to make life better for folks that might struggle at times. That's a good thing," he said.

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