February 25, 2020- Mardi Gras Event at Coltivare to Benefit United Way

February 12, 2020
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United Way of Tompkins County
Brandi Remington, Communications and Student Engagement Manager
Gail Belokur, Senior Director of Administration
Mardi Gras Event at Coltivare to Benefit United Way
Doing good can be fun. A whole lot of fun, in fact. 
Tompkins Cortland Community College is taking this message to heart as they prepare for their upcoming Mardi Gras event at Coltivare “A Night of Delights,” on Tuesday, February 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. All proceeds from the event will support the United Way’s Community Care Fund, which provides the community with programs and services in health, education, and financial stability.  An estimated 50 local nonprofits will administer these programs in 2020 and beyond. 
“Tompkins Cortland Community College has a long history of supporting the United Way and the work it does. We share the United Way’s commitment to the community, which is why we’re so excited to be able to host this fundraiser for such a great cause. Our downtown Ithaca culinary center, Coltivare, is the perfect spot for what promises to be a fun event,” shared Greg McCalley, the College’s Vice President of Student Services. The event will feature authentic Cajun and Creole appetizers prepared by New Orleans native and Coltivare Executive Chef, Patrick Blackman. The Fall Creek Brass Band, sponsored for the evening by CFCU Community Credit Union, will provide entertainment from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  There will be a line-up of local leaders taking part as “Celebrity Bartenders” providing great hospitality and plenty of personality in a competition to bring in the most tips. 
These tips, along with half of the proceeds of each ticket sold, will be donated directly to United Way of Tompkins County’s Community Care Fund. The Community Care Fund is the organizations largest grant fund, and it provides essential funding to programs that help Tompkins County residents create sustainable, healthy lives.  In 2019, the Community Care Fund helped these agencies provide resources and services to approximately 47,000 individuals and families.  "The impact of the CCF is reflected in the everyday lives of individuals and families who rely on programs and services provided by UWTC’s funded partners, because this support is literally the solution to the various challenges they face on a daily basis. That is why we encourage our community as a whole to contribute generously to this Community Campaign.”
If you prefer treating yourself to a quieter and more intimate affair, Coltivare will be offering special items on their dinner menu the night of the event with a portion of the proceeds from your meal going to the Community Care Fund.  
The College is holding the event at Coltivare in support of United Way of Tompkins County’s annual community campaign, which is seeking an additional $210,000 by March 31 to reach its goal of $1.9 million raised this year. A full 100% of individual donor dollars go to programs and services, thanks to administrative costs being covered by Corporate Cornerstone Partners (CCPs), UWTC investment and earned income. “Tompkins Cortland Community College is a longstanding community pillar with a rich history of educating and strengthening lives across the region.  UWTC is grateful to have their trust and partnership in this fun and special event”, shares UWTC President & CEO, James Brown.
Tickets are available online through February 22 and at the door the night of the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit coltivareithaca.com or  uwt.org United Way of Tompkins County can be reached by phone at (607) 500-GIVE. Coltivare is located at 235 S. Cayuga Street in Ithaca.