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Chester County Press

Sweet celebrations

08/01/2022 11:50PM ● By Steven Hoffman
United Way of Southern Chester County is embarking on an exciting new chapter and marking the occasion with a celebration and fundraiser on Aug. 11 at the Kennett Golf and Country Club. 
“Sweet Celebrations” will honor the 20 years of dedicated leadership that current CEO, Carrie Freeman, has given to the community.  
Freeman is looking forward to attending this final fundraiser before retiring here in southern Chester County after a career full of accomplishments: 
“I will miss coming into the office and interacting with the public and our donors … but I can hardly wait to not have a schedule,” Freeman said.
The addition of Terry Vodery to the small team at UWSCC gives even more reason for celebration. Vodery, the former executive director of United Way of Cecil County, is excited to guide UWSCC’s growth in her new role as CEO and is sure to bring fresh perspective to the strong nonprofit community here southern Chester County.
In addition to giving local residents a chance to meet with these two notable community advocates, “Sweet Celebrations” is shaping up to be a night to remember. 
Guests will enjoy an evening of desserts and confections as well as an opportunity to test their luck in a raffle for a prize worth over $850. There are also a few surprises in store for the guest of honor.  
John Sanville, superintendent of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, will be making a rare summertime appearance as emcee. A signature cocktail, mystery wine pull, slideshow of Carrie throughout her career, and make-your-own-sundae bar will round out the evening for the 200 guests expected to be in attendance. 
When asked about what she is most looking forward to at the event, Freeman shared “I’m looking forward to seeing people that I haven’t seen in long time and greeting old friends and new.” 
Indeed, veteran donors and new neighbors alike are encouraged to attend to learn about and celebrate UWSCC’s impact in our region. 
UWSCC promotes the health, education, and financial stability of every person in southern Chester County regardless of  race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability, economic status and other diverse backgrounds.
One out of every five southern Chester County residents has accessed UWSCC programs in the past year. As one of the oldest nonprofits in our area, this impressive organization has no signs of slowing down.    
General admission to the event is $75 in advance and $100 at the door. For more information on the event and instructions on how you can bid on auction items online, visit