United Way volunteers and donors celebrate $12,978,979 achievement

MISSISSAUGA (February 7, 2013) – Last September, United Way of Peel Region announced a $12.8-million goal and asked everyone living or working in Peel to give, volunteer and act in support of their local community, and create long-term social change.

Tonight, at the Living Arts Centre, more than 500 hundred United Way supporters and volunteers cheered and chanted “Change starts here” when it was announced their efforts helped to raise $12,978,979 during the 2012 campaign. This final total is 1.4 per cent higher than the original goal.

The celebration honoured individuals and organizations from across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga whose collective efforts are helping to build a stronger Peel.

“Our campaign was tough, but we pulled together,” says Neil Fraser, 2012 Campaign Chair and President of Medtronic of Canada. “Our campaign achievement is a tribute to the outstanding effort of more than 1,500 volunteers and the incredible generosity of hundreds of businesses, agencies and community organizations, and thousands of individual donors who recognize the need for solutions to complex social problems in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. The people of Peel are caring and they are generous.”

The contributions support social programs led by our agency partners, in addition to United Way’s research, public policy advocacy, and collective efforts to tackle underlying social issues.

“Pressure on our community continues to grow,” says United Way Board Chair Shaila Mehta. “These 2012 campaign dollars will be strategically invested across Peel in United Way’s focus areas of children and youth, poverty and strong communities.”

“This campaign achievement is a significant community effort for local social issues and an investment in Peel’s future,” says Shelley White, president and CEO of United Way. “We need to be united in order to tackle growing issues such as poverty, social exclusion and mental health.”

The evening honoured innovative campaigns and inspiring volunteers with Spirit Awards. The crowd was entertained with performances by Mississauga tenor Michael Ciufo, Youth in Action grant recipients Project One, and dancers from DLM Entertainment.

The event was generously sponsored by: Rogers Communications Inc.; Grant Thornton LLP; G&A Corporate; Adagio Valet; A2D2 Inc.; Kimberly-Clark Inc.; PepsiCo Foods; Nestlé Purina PetCare Company; General Mills Canada Corporation; Canada Dry Mott’s Inc.; CanKopy Document Solutions; Aimia Loyalty Marketing Services; Hershey Canada Inc.; Samsung Canada; Cuego AudioVisuals; Lowe’s Companies ULC; Mondelēz Canada.

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