The United Way of the Mark Twain Area celebrates the official kickoff of its 2017 fundraising campaign Thursday evening.

According to United Way Executive Director Frank Ditillo, one part of the evening will be to hear from some of the organizations that benefit from the United Way.

The kickoff also features entertainment from a chorale group from Mark Twain Elementary School, along with refreshments from Becky’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Refreshment Services Pepsi.

The United Way campaign kickoff begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Central Park.