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LOYAL CONTRIBUTOR SPOTLIGHT: NANCY S. WARNER
In 1939, General Motors introduced the first fully automatic transmission; The Wizard of Oz was first released in theaters; Pan Am flew 22 passengers from New York to Portugal to begin the first regular transatlantic air service; and Mrs. Nancy S. Warner made her first contribution to United Way. Since then, we have been able to count on American-made cars, classic movies, accessible air travel, and Mrs. Warner’s dedication to the community she loves so much.
Mrs. Warner came to Buffalo from Chicago in 1939 and has remained here for most of the last 71 years. She and her husband, the late Dr. Robert Warner, raised a son and a daughter here. Both children have moved out of the area, but have maintained involvement with the local United Ways in their communities. Throughout her years in Buffalo, Mrs. Warner has faithfully supported United Way – many of those years as a member of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Tocqueville Society. She views United Way as the best way to help people in need while ensuring that services are delivered efficiently and without duplication.
Mrs. Warner’s volunteer involvement with United Way began over 60 years ago, and she chaired the Women’s Division in the 1962 Campaign. Her fundraising efforts always had a personal touch; she recalls going door to door in neighborhoods throughout the city, talking to people about the agencies United Way supported and asking for their donations. “I told them stories about the agencies I knew would be important to them,” she says. “It has to go both ways – people count on these agencies, and they need to be able to count on public support.” It is no surprise that Mrs. Warner’s children have remained involved with United Way; their earliest involvement was carrying donations to the neighborhood Chairman on their way to school.
Although much has changed since 1939, Mrs. Warner says, much has remained the same. She hopes to see young people become more active in United Way and other organizations in the community, and believes that United Way is as relevant now as it was when she first became inspired to give. “There is so much for United Way to do, and the people of Buffalo are so kind and generous. People need to be involved in the community.”
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s Loyal Contributor program is designed to highlight and thank donors who have been giving for 10 years or more to any United Way. We express our sincerest thanks to Mrs. Warner for her extraordinary generosity over the past 71 years. If you are a Loyal Contributor, please let us know by calling 887-2649 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.