United Way campaign turns red hot!

Lambton County — By on November 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

By DAVE BROWN
Executive Director
United Way of Sarnia-Lambton

The campaign is starting to pick up some steam again after a week of slow growth, and recent campaigns are telling a positive story.

WorleyParsons called on Friday and United Way office is still in disbelief! The rumour was right; WorleyParsons ended up over goal and in fact reached about 25% over goal; well surpassed last year’s record totals and are still going. In all, almost $37,000 was raised so far thanks to generous employee contributions, special event revenues, and the company match. With more events planned, there is an outside chance WorleyParsons employees could reach close to $40,000 including the corporate contribution!

The Imperial Oil Campaign has nearly wrapped up and is within a percentage point of reaching their goal as well. Their finals will likely be known in a week.

Moving away from Industry, the employee campaign at Bluewater Health appears to be running very well this year and is certainly off to a great start. The United Way will have an information display at the Bluewater Health site near the Russell Street entrance and a renewed focus on the campaign and how the United Way not only helps make Sarnia-Lambton a better place, but how several of the funded agencies work with the hospital staff to assist the patients as there are discharged or about to be discharged.

An agency speaker from the Canadian Red Cross spoke to managers about their transportation programs in October. The Stroke Recovery Association is another example of an agency that directly works with Bluewater Health staff assisting patients and family members of people who have had a stroke.

Currently, attention is focused on the Locally Lambton Dinner for Wednesday. Tickets for the Locally Lambton Dinner are still available. If you have been to the Locally Lambton Dinner in the past, you will know what a quality meal it is for just $45 each or two for $85.

Nearly all of the food on the Buffett is local and donated to the event, and is prepared by Norm Piquette from Normand Piquette Catering. Norm is a dinner sponsor this year as is Libro Financial Services. OLG has joined the group this year and will be the night’s Event Sponsor.

Menu items on the buffet include fish, lamb, beef, pork, chicken and turkey, plus a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and salads. For Dessert is a 12-foot Venetian Crème cake baring the logos of all the sponsors and donating companies and farmers. Call (519) 336-5452 or email me at dave@theunitedway.on.ca for tickets or more information.

Currently, the United Way has raised $1,050,000 or 57% of the $1.85 Million goal and 4,000 people have already made their pledges.

 

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