2022 Campaign Kickoff Reception | United Way of Wyoming Valley

2022 Campaign Kickoff Reception

Thursday, Sept. 15|5:30- 7:30 p.m.
Mohegan Sun Pocono|Keystone Grand Ballroom
1280 PA-315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

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*RSVPs must be received by Sept. 2

Email mlamarca@unitedwaywb.org or call 570-829-6711 x1231

UNITED We See Change!

Join us for United Way of Wyoming Valley’s 2022 Campaign Kickoff Reception! Enjoy drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres while hearing from our campaign guest speaker, local football legend Raghib “Rocket” Ismail. We can’t wait to see you there!

Campaign Speaker: Raghib “Rocket" Ismail

Raghib "Rocket" Ismail

Our 2022 campaign kickoff speaker is a name familiar to many in the Wyoming Valley. Raghib "Rocket" Ismail was a Meyers High School standout, a two-time All-American at Notre Dame, and spent ten years playing professional football. He has always appreciated his formative years in Wilkes-Barre and is excited to help support the important and impactful work of the United Way. Rocket retired in 2003 and worked as a broadcaster for ESPN and FSN Southwest.

2022 Campaign Co-Chairs: Tom and Patty Leighton

Former Wilkes-Barre City Mayor Tom Leighton and his wife, Patty

Former Wilkes-Barre City Mayor Tom Leighton and his wife, Patty, have been named co-chairs of the United Way of Wyoming Valley 101st annual campaign.

Tom Leighton currently serves as the President of C.A. Leighton Company, Inc. in Wilkes-Barre, which was started in 1921 — the same year the United Way was founded.

He served as the mayor of the city of Wilkes-Barre from 2004-2016 and was the first mayor under the city’s Home Rule Charter to be elected for three consecutive terms. He spearheaded the “I believe” campaign, which focused on the city’s revitalization.

Patty also works for the C.A. Leighton Company, Inc. as a Realtor specializing in insurance and sales. She is the former owner of the Bee Hive Gift Shop on South Main Street.