The Imperial corporate donation along with retiree donations, and proceeds from events like the TransAlta Crock-off, Canada Border Services Chili Cook-off, the BrokerLink Bake sale and others lifted the United Way totals this week to 65% of the $2,000,000 goal.
Events like the BrokerLink Insurance Brokers Bake sale were so successful that several of the pies were sold from the time it took to carry the pies from the car to the office. This was the first time BrokerLink had done a bake sale to support the campaign, and I can tell you from firsthand experience it was a huge success.
Fabien Jagoo and Associates (The Co-operators on Exmouth Street) also presented their 2017 contribution this week as well.
The area schools wrapped up their campaigns this past week and those pledge kits are just being counted now. Some schools asked for an extension which is positive as some educators had planned to donate, but have not yet done so.
The big news of the week is the revival of the PoorBoy Lunch. Popular in the 1970 and 1980s, the annual Poorboy lunch raised awareness and funds for the United Way but over time had run its course. However, this being our 60th anniversary for the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, and the need to replace the anticipated revenue from the now cancelled Locally Lambton Dinner, we thought this is the ideal time to bring back the popular lunch.
The 2017 Poorboy lunch will take place at the Sarnia Legion, Branch 62 in Sarnia, on Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, November 28 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. We will hold a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle just like the old days. The cost this year is $7. To pre-order lunches, please call the United Way office at (519) 336-5452.
I’d really like to thank our good friends at the Sarnia Legion, Branch 62 who always seem to come through for the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton. Without hesitation, the Legion agreed to host the events for us free of charge and for that we are very grateful.
Of course, I want to stress how appreciative we are that our Locally Lambton Sponsors, Libro Credit Union, and SunLife Financial also agreed without hesitation to transfer their generous sponsorship dollars from the Lambton Dinner to the Poor Boy lunch this year. Several of the farming organizations involved with the Locally Lambton Dinner will also be participating in a number of ways including donations of money and donations of product for the silent auction. I think that is just an example of the caring and giving nature of people throughout Sarnia-Lambton.