MILESTONE MADE – City councilor and United Way Volunteer Campaign Co-Chair Buck Buchanan thanks a crowd of supporters at the IHotel last week after the announcement that the United Way had raised over $2.2 million in their ‘Superheroes for Change” campaign.

United Way announces campaign’s milestone achievement

  • Jan. 22, 2014 9:07 p.m.

United Way of Central Alberta reached a milestone this past week as they announced their latest campaign has raised over $2.2 million.

United Way volunteers, supporters and staff gathered recently for the announcement of the success of their ‘Superheroes for Change’ campaign.

“The achievement announced today tells us that the sharpened focus we have set for the organization is resonating with campaign donors and volunteers,” said Robert Mitchell, CEO of United Way Central Alberta. “It’s a clear sign that our community is committed to long-term social change. “

The $2.2 million raised is $86,126 over last year’s total.

“United Way has come a long way from being the umbrella fundraiser of yesteryear,” added Mitchell. “Today’s United Way is about addressing the root causes of social problems and bringing people together around the solutions.”

United Way’s 2013 Campaign Co-Chairs, Dustin Sundby and Buck Buchanan believe that the success of the campaign is due to the development of new business, building stronger connections with organizations running work place campaigns, as well as the Leadership Matching Challenges which took place at various companies and organizations.

“Overall, it’s the generosity of the community and the people who are willing to step forward for their neighbours, friends, and colleagues to make this a great place to live,” said Buchanan. “By giving so generously in 2013, Central Albertans have shown that they care and want to continue to have lasting impact that benefits us all.”

Sundby, regional managing partner at MNP, added that the United Way is “Very proud of this accomplishment” in exceeding their goals.

“We had a great team in place, but we would not have been able to reach this milestone without every single workplace, organization and individual that believes and supports in United Way,” said Sundby.

The event also recognized a number of local supporters who were presented with awards. The top three contributors were Nova Chemicals, DOW/MEGlobal and Shell Canada.

Community Builders Awards were also given to Ineos, Bank of Montreal, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Worley Parsons Cord and Calfrac Well Services.

jswan@reddeerexpress.com

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