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United Way Announces Keynote Speaker for 101st Campaign Kickoff

United Way Announces Keynote Speaker for 101st Campaign Kickoff

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United Way of Wyoming Valley has announced Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, former NFL player and local football hero, as keynote speaker for its 2022 campaign

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – July 21, 2022– United Way of Wyoming Valley has announced Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, former NFL player and local football hero, as keynote speaker for its 2022 campaign, “United We See Change” event at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Kickoff event marks the end of the organization’s 100-year anniversary and the beginning of its second century of service to the community.

“After two difficult years of dealing with the pandemic, we are looking forward to bringing back our campaign kickoff event this fall and are excited to welcome Raghib back to Wilkes-Barre,” said Bill Jones, President and CEO of United Way of Wyoming Valley. “Who better to help return the kickoff than the Rocket?” he added.

According to Jones, Ismail is one of the most exciting high school football players to graduate from the Wyoming Valley. “Raghib’s story is very inspiring and we are thrilled that he agreed to come back to help the United Way improve the odds of success for area children,” he said.“I have great memories of my time at Meyers and always appreciated the Wilkes-Barre community,” said Ismael. “I am thrilled to be working with the United Way. The organization is doing great work helping at-risk kids in the Wyoming Valley and it is an honor to lend my voice and efforts to support children.”

The “United We See Change” Kickoff event will be hosted at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Keystone Grand Ballroom. Event tickets are $100 and include appetizers and food. Corporate/family tables for 10 are available. Reservations are due by September 2.

To purchase tickets, contact Yvette Magistro at ymagistro@unitedwaywb.org or (570) 270-9117. For more information visit https://www.unitedwaywb.org/.



Photo Caption:Former NFL player and Myers High School alum Raghib “Rocket” Ismail will be the keynote speaker for United Way of Wyoming Valley’s 2022 Annual Campaign kickoff event on Sept. 15.

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