From Salina Street to United Way


On Friday November 12, 2021, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, and United Way of Central New York Board Chair Stephanie Crockett (President & COO, Mower) raised a “United Way” sign at the corner of S. Salina and W. Washington Street in in downtown Syracuse in honor of United Way of Central New York’s 100th Anniversary.

The event included the recreation of a photograph from 1962 when Mayor William F. Walsh –Grandfather of Mayor Ben Walsh — County Executive John H. Mulroy, and United Way Women’s Division Chairman Mimi Burdick changed the Salina Street signs to United Way.


United Way of Central New York traces its roots back to the incorporation of the Syracuse Community Chest on November 21, 1921. Learn more about our history, here. Since that first effort, the Community Chest (which became the United Way of CNY in 1972) campaign has been a catalyst in igniting the spirit of community collaboration, giving, and civic engagement to improve lives in Central New York. United Way of CNY will be celebrating moments of the past with events throughout 2021 and 2022.

Watch a recap of the event, here: