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CASH Coalition celebrates 10 years

Anne Erickson, president and CEO of Empire Justice Center, speaks at the 10th anniversary of the CASH Coalition, held at the Sibley Building in Rochester on March 9.

The CASH Coalition, formed in response to the United Way of Greater Rochester’s need to help low income workers make the most of their money, celebrated its 10th anniversary with an event at its downtown Rochester site in the Sibley Building. Speakers included United Way CEO Peter Carpino, Empire Justice CEO Anne Erickson and CASH Director Rita Garretson.

In their first year, CASH served over 2,500 families, and now, a decade later, provides over 13,000 families with free financial counseling and tax preparation, and brings millions of dollars into the local economy.

— Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk

Anne Erickson, president and CEO of the Empire Justice Center, and Dr. Anne M. Kress, president of Monroe Community College.

Anne Erickson, president and CEO of the Empire Justice Center, and Dr. Anne M. Kress, president of Monroe Community College

Sue Segelman watches the festivities.

Rita E. Garretson, director of CASH Coalition cuts the 10th Anniversary cake.

Darryl Porter, Assemblyman Harry B. Bronson, Bryan Hetherington, chief counsel at Empire Justice Center and Monroe County Bar Association president; and Dr. Anne M. Kress, president of Monroe Community College.

Rita E. Garretson (left), director of CASH Coalition, and Berta Rivera (right), a volunteer at CASH, honor and recognize Kathy Lewis (center). With the United Way, Lewis took charge to help create the coalition 10 years ago.

Paul Dangler chats with Lewis.

The anniversary celebration included a cake.

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