By DAVE BROWN
United Way of Sarnia-Lambton
The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign reached and exceeded the $1.1 million mark this week and we are hopeful the campaign thermometer will rise further in the next few days.
A number of successful employee drives resulted in the United Way reaching 60% of the campaign goal including the successful end to the Enbridge Pipelines Employee campaign. The Enbridge pledge drive reached its traditional wrap up with the Beef BBQ and auction when Eastern Manager of Enbridge Pipelines and 2011 Campaign Chair Brian Black announced the Enbridge Corporate donation of some $31,000; a 40% increase over last year’s amount.
At the BBQ and auction employees, retirees, spouses, and contractors raised in the neighbourhood of $10,000, not including their payroll pledges or any of the other several fundraisers.
Ethyl Canada wrapped up their employee campaign this week, and they too finished over last year’s level. So far, these positive campaigns are providing some good campaign momentum and at this stage of the campaign is a positive sign.
Canada Border Services kicked off their employee United Way fundraising this past week with a BBQ and Chili lunch. The BBQ and lunch was the result of a team effort from CBSA staff, several Bluewater Bridge Canada Employees and, was attended by staff from CBSA, BWBC and several other employers located at the bridge plaza.
The campaign should see some quick upward movement this week because Shell Canada is scheduled to wrap up their employee campaign later today. Shell Canada is the largest employee campaign with matching dollars. In fact, Shell will match all employee and retiree pledges which might result in a jump in the campaign of about 10%.
Currently, the United Way campaign has raised $1,110,000, and stands at 60% of the $1.85 Million goal and so far, 4,100 donors have already pledged their support.
To cap off this past week on a positive note, the Locally Lambton Dinner was held and thanks to the generosity of our three sponsor’s, OLG, Libro Financial Group, and Normand Piquette Catering, and all of the contributors of food items and auction items, we raised $14,000.
We would like to officially recognize and thank the Cattlemen, Sheep Producers, Pork Producers, Chicken Producers, Franz Turkey Farms, Purdy Fisheries, Egg Producers, Twin Pines Orchards, Forest Glen Herb Farm, Munro Honey & Meadery, Dairy Producers, Thedford & Grand Bend Vegetable Producers, Vrolyk Farms, Zekveld’s Garden Market, Macklins, Enniskillen Pepper Company, Sunripe, Parkland Farms, Vidmar Funghi for their food donations.
Some of the food had to be purchased and Heidi’s Independent Grocer in Petrolia was very generous towards the United Way this year with a significant donation of food items and supplies. In addition, we also appreciated the many donations of a large number of items for our live and silent auctions by many local businesses”.