United Way campaign inching closer to 50% of goal

Various employee campaigns still being launched, with 'Locally Lambton' dinner now on radar

The first ever Paint the Town Red Paint night was held on Tuesday and 20 participants spent an enjoyable evening with friends, new and old, painting a Canatara Beach scene while supporting the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.

As we enter week three of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign, we are inching closer and closer to the 50% level of our $2M Campaign goal.

With a number of employee campaigns having just kicked off last week, and more to commence their fund raising drives this week, I am hopeful we will be at or slightly above $1 million by the end of this week.

On Monday morning, employees from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans kicked off their annual campaign.  Department of Fisheries and Oceans have a number of fun fundraising events planned in addition to the barbecue on Wednesday. They also plan an all-you-can-eat pasta lunch, and other games during the month of October.

On Wednesday WorleyParsons will hold their kickoff breakfast. WorleyParsons always runs a terrific campaign, and will including a number of incentives and events, plus match employee donations dollar for dollar.  They will also hold a Leaders of the Way breakfast later this month.

Enbridge Gas Storage is planning to begin their campaign on Thursday.

Currently, the campaign sits at 48%, which is about $960,000 out of our $2 million goal.

Our “Paint the Town Red” party went extremely well. A second event is being planned for October 25 and we are now taking reservations. Everybody who came out, had a great time, and had terrific pieces of art to take home with them at the end of evening.  The paint party was sponsored by David Noel of Investors Group, and John Hocking of Apex IT Solutions.

Our signature event, the Locally Lambton Dinner, is well in the planning stages, and tickets are now available.  The event boasts a buffet of food mostly grown, raised or produced locally and expertly prepared by Lambton College culinary arts management students under the direction of Chef Alastair McKay.

If you have never been to the dinner, this is one dinner you don’t want to miss.  In addition to the dinner, we will have a live and silent auction. The meal is served at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Lambton College Events Center and residence on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

You can purchase your tickets by calling United Way at (519) 336-5452.

The United Way of Sarnia Lambton campaign will run until the end of the year.  The money raised will be used to fund 20 local agencies, that provide 37 programs and services that provide a measurable lasting impact on our community.

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