2015 Co-chairs

Mary McKenna and Robie Marsh have been named chairman of the 2015 United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore fundraising campaign.

The United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a local volunteer organization established in 1991 by business people and community leaders who recognized the need to have a local organization that would be dedicated to helping the people of Virginia’s Eastern Shore by organizing and helping to raise financial support from local businesses and individuals for a variety of local charities.

The United Way Chapter has raised almost $6 million as it soon begins its 25th campaign, aiding over 150 organizations that receive funds either allocated by United Way or designated by individual contributors.

Funds go to provide emergency food and shelter; family counseling, health services; youth development and recreation programs in addition to many other services needed in the community. Costs are kept low with one part-time employee and the efforts of local volunteers.

McKenna and Marsh are partners in McKenna, Marsh & Associates, affiliated with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a Bank of America Corporation. Both are United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore board members. Marsh has also served as Allocations Chairman for the United Way chapter.

Both are active in civic affairs, with McKenna a member of the Onancock Rotary Club, the Eastern Shore Literacy Council board and active in Market Street United Methodist Church. Marsh is vice president of the Eastern Shore Christian Businessmen’s Association, a member of the Riverside Shore Rehab Board and a member of the Cokesbury Church board.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Give Where You Liveā€¦Our Home, Our Future.”

“We are excited to have Mary and Robie to lead our 2014 United Way campaign,” said Bill Sterling, president of the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. “Their business and civic background will help United Way to continue to make a difference on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.”

To contribute to United Way, send a tax-deductible donation to United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 605, Onley, Va. 23418 or go to www.esunitedway.org. For information on forming a team to support United Way, email Dawn Byrd at dbyrd@esunitedway.org or call at 787-5622.

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