United Way campaign tops $1 million mark

Sold out Locally Lambton Dinner adds $12k to total

More than 220 people attended the United Way annual Locally Lambton Dinner on Saturday which raised over $12,000 for the 2018 United Way Campaign. The dinner was held at Lambton College and all of the food was prepared by Lambton College students under the watchful eye of Program Co-coordinator, Culinary Management program Alastair Mackay.

It is always nice to reach the first million, and I am happy to say we have now reached $1,040,000.

So far this year, 2,115 donors have pledged their support in our efforts to raise $2,000,000 that will be used to fund 19 local agencies; 35 programs and services.

Some of our growth over the weekend is as a result of the very successful Locally Lambton Dinner held on Saturday which was a complete sell-out.  In total, we raised about $12,000 towards the goal.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donating farms, businesses and agricultural groups who donated food and auction items.  The auction items went for near retail prices which aided in the impressive net proceeds.  I especially want to thank the sponsors, Libro Credit Union, Enbridge Famous 5, Lambton Federation of Agriculture, and Weiland Meats from Petrolia who were especially helpful again this year preparing the meats and donating some of the meat items.  Lambton College, in particular, Alastair Mackay, the Culinary Management and Cook Apprenticeship program coordinator, and the students who volunteered to prepare the meal, and to be available that evening to help serve all deserve additional thanks.

We have more employee campaign events this week including a busy Wednesday.

On Wednesday, we have TransAlta holding a Halloween Pot Crock lunch, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans holding a Nacho Bar, Transport Canada holding a kickoff lunch, and Canada Border Services is holding a chili cook off.

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