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Local United Ways will span the river in campaign kick-off

United Way of Washington County-East in Stillwater and United Way St. Croix Valley in Hudson are teaming up for the fall United Way fundraising campaign kickoff event.

The event, called “Hands Across the River,” will be a photo opportunity featuring approximately 200 volunteers in United Way T-shirts joining hands on the sidewalk across the St. Croix River Lift Bridge.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. Volunteers from three local companies – including Andersen Corporation, Bremer Bank and Xcel Energy – are invited to participate, along with United Way board members and their families.

These companies support both United Ways and are sponsoring this event. They will provide funding to bus volunteers to the bridge and T-shirts for the participants.

After the photo opportunity, volunteers will be invited to Stillwater Junior High School for a light lunch donated by Cub Corporate.

The United Ways are encouraging the companies, along with others running campaigns, to hold more events during the official kickoff month of September, such as food drives and volunteer activities.

“We are all excited about this opportunity for collaboration between our United Ways and are grateful for the generosity of the sponsors making it possible,” said United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director John Coughlin.

“This kickoff event is a symbol of our commitment to each other and the communities we serve,” said Angie Lien, executive director of United Way of Washington County-East. “Our United Ways and the companies participating are dedicated to making communities on both sides of the river better places to live.”

For more information, contact Angie Lien at or John Coughlin at