"Do we allow someone to go hungry in Lake County?" Deborah Foley, the president of the , asked the people filling the stands Thursday morning at .
"Do we allow a senior to be isolated in their home?" she continued. "Do we allow families to disintegrate?"
The crowd -- who were there for the kickoff to the United Way of Lake County's annual fundraising campaign -- replied "no" to each question.
Foley then noted that a lot of people use the services that are supported by the United Way of Lake County, even those who never thought they would be in that situation.
"We all benefit from the United Way, even those who thought they would never use it," she said.
For the second year in a row, Mentor High hosted the campaign kickoff with some help from the Cardinals basketball and football teams, cheerleaders and marching band.
Additionally, Dave Wiles of CT Consultants and Lisa Nelson of Right Tracks -- this year's fundraising co-chairs -- announced the campaign's goals.
The United Way of Lake County aims to raise $3.716 million, 2 percent more than . But, beyond that, they also have a stretch goal of raising $3.752 million, which would be a 3 percent increase.
All money raised during the 2012-2013 United Way of Lake County campaign benefits programs that focus on children and families, senior citizens, health and human services and basic needs in Lake County.
Those who would like more information on the local chapter on the United Way of Lake County, including how they can help support it, can visit its website, www.uwlc.org.