Aim Attends United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley Gala

Posted on May 29th, 2019

Aim was on hand for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s Centennial Champions gala, when a near sellout crowd of 440 attendees filled the scenic Lake Club in Poland, OH. The annual fundraiser was held to raise money for the nonprofit’s early education and emergency-services programs.

For more than two decades, Aim, headquartered in the Mahoning Valley, has been working with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to make a positive impact in the area. Throughout this long-term partnership, Aim has contributed time, resources and money to several community-enriching campaigns, such as participating in the Day of Caring, mentoring in the Success After 6 program, raising money during annual employee-led fundraisers and more.

Pictured, left to right, are Aim Co-President Geoff Fleming and his wife, Amy Fleming; Alaina Rauber and her husband, Aim Director of Licensing Will Rauber; Aim Vice President of Human Resource Patty Durkin and her husband, Rick Durkin; Betsy Slater and her husband, Aim Treasurer Paul Slater.

“I wholeheartedly believe in the idea of being a good neighbor and caring for one another, especially in times of need,” said Aim Vice President of Human Resource Patty Durkin. “I’m in awe of what the United Way does for our area and of the hard work the Aim team puts forth in support of their efforts each year.”

United Way spokeswoman Roxann Sebest told a local newspaper that previous annual events have raised upwards of $300,000. During the evening’s black-tie event’s live auction, attendees bid more than $33,000. Items up for grabs included tickets to an Ohio State football game, a Las Vegas golfing trip and a personal dining experience put on by Youngstown, OH, chefs.

Additionally, more than 100 items were bid on during the gala’s silent auction, including a signed jersey from Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, a signed jersey from Pittsburgh Penguins right-winger Bryan Rust and gift certificates for local restaurants.

Last year, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley raised a total of $3,065,532. That was the third year in a row they broke the $3 million threshold, and events like this gala will help them reach their 2019 goal of $3.5 million.

“It was so nice to see hundreds of people come out to the Lake Club in support of making a difference for children and families in the area who are in need,” said Aim Director of Licensing Will Rauber. “This year, Aim is a Centennial Celebration partner supporting the one hundredth anniversary of the United Way in the Mahoning Valley, and I’m so proud to be part of this important, longtime partnership between the organization and Aim.”

To achieve everything the United Way sets out to do, it relies on the help and donations of the community. If you would like to get involved, head over to to see what you can do to make a difference. Non-local residents can visit to find volunteering opportunities near them.

Aim employees: Watch for future communications about participating in many of the fun United Way events throughout the year. Additionally, you can enroll in payroll deductions by calling the Aim Human Resource department (pledge cards are also available!). Remember: When you increase your donation, there is an individual who matches that increase.

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