United Way Perth-Huron Raises $1,133,508 for the Communtiy

United Way Perth-Huron Raises $1,133,508 for the Communtiy

United Way Perth-Huron Surpasses Goal by $18,508 Raising $1,133,508

Volunteers and donors joined together at Arden Park Hotel on Thursday evening for United Way Perth-Huron’s 15th Annual Awards Dinner.  United Way leaders and local dignitaries thanked attendees for their part in contributing to the 2013 Campaign and celebrated an increase of over $50,000 from last year’s campaign total.

Campaign Co-Chairs Ron Shaw and Wayne Smith were ecstatic at the announced total of $1,133,508, $18,508 more than goal.  “I am very thankful that I stepped up to the plate for this campaign.  It has contributed to the quality and texture of my life.  It has brought me closer to my community and it as enriched me as a human being”, said Mr. Shaw.  Mr. Smith commented that “being on the campaign team is an experience in personal growth and knowledge, which I’d highly recommend to anyone who is invited.”

The total represents 102% of the $1,115,000 goal the organization had set at the outset of the campaign to help 1 in 3 people in our community (that is over 45,000) who are in need.  Last year $1,082,651 was raised.

Executive Director, Ryan Erb said, “We set out to raise $32,000 more this year.  We proved we live in an amazing community with so many people giving generously” Mr. Erb also said “now that the total is confirmed, allocations for the 2014/2015 year can be finalized and will be announced in the spring”.

Despite the weather, over 190 people came out to the Arden Park to celebrate the success of the campaign and to hear about the over 50 agencies, projects and programs supported by United Way Perth-Huron.  Many awards were given out to major workplace and corporate donors who gave generously and willingly to support their community through the United Way.

For the 15th year in a row this event has been sponsored completely by the Arden Park and this year the awards were sponsored by Barenberg & Roth and Monteith, Ritsma and Phillips.

Donations are still being accepted at the United Way office located at 32 Erie Street, Stratford, online at perthhuron.unitedway.ca, and by phone 1-877-818-8867 until March 31st, 2014.

For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, call 1-877-818-8867 or 271-7730 or email  campaign@perthhuron.unitedway.ca.

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