New York Giants Star Amani Toomer to Provide Keynote Address for Campaign Kick-Off

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region will kick off its 2013-2014 Campaign for the Common Good on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Torches on the Hudson on the Newburgh waterfront. The breakfast will feature a keynote address by former New York Giants star receiver Amani Toomer, who was selected as the 2004 Giants Man of the Year in recognition of his exemplary community volunteerism. The National Football League has partnered with United Way to support its important mission for nearly 40 years, and Toomer served as the Giants 2003 United Way Spokesman.

Toomer will discuss the importance of determination, discipline, teamwork and perseverance. He currently serves as a United Way of New York City Board member, and his Amani Toomer Foundation supports after-school programs for children, with a mission that complements United Way’s focus on supporting the academic achievement of children to foster lifelong success. Toomer, who led the Giants with six receptions and 84 yards during his team’s Super Bowl XLII victory, is also co-host of the Amani and Eytan show on NBC Sports Radio and is the lead football analyst on MY9's Giants Postgame show in New York.

Charles A. Freni Jr., Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation Senior Vice President and veteran community leader, chairs the Region’s 2013-2014 Workplace Campaign, which is themed “Imagine the Possibilities.” Freni will lead community volunteers from companies and nonprofits to promote the campaign in workplaces throughout Dutchess and Orange Counties, encouraging thousands of local residents to engage in this community-wide effort through pledges and donations that will support United Way’s critical mission.

“We’ve brought together key stakeholders in our community to identify the most pressing challenges and our collective goals. Imagine the Possibilities of what can change when we take a team approach to success -- combining our talents, experience and funding support to literally change lives,” said Freni. “United Way’s mission has never been more relevant, nor has the need been greater. We hope hundreds of local residents will turn out to help us kick off this team effort to Imagine the Possibilities.”

The public is welcome to attend but reservations are required. Tickets cost $35 and tables of 10 are available for $325. To register or to find out more information, click here or contact Sarah Schick at (845) 471-1900 x 3114 or sschick@uwdor.org.