CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Calgary community has once again come together in support of helping one another and making our city a great place for all. Today, at the Spirits of Gold celebration, United Way of Calgary and Area thanked Calgarians for their unwavering commitment to ensuring a successful 2016 campaign despite an economically challenging year.
“I am humbled by the generosity of our city and appreciative of every single person’s support,” says Karen Young, President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area. “The steadfast commitment through good times and bad demonstrates the true spirit of Calgarians.”
The 2016 campaign was made possible by the collective efforts of 984 workplace campaigns, more than 12,000 volunteers, and 34,623 individual donors. Together, Calgarians raised $55.7 million which will be invested back into the community in local programs and collaborations that drive social change in three key areas: poverty, kids, and communities.
Additionally, long-time volunteers and supporters, Michael and Heather Culbert, provided a one-time special gift of $2 million to United Way’s Tomorrow Fund. The Tomorrow Fund is United Way’s long-term investment fund for Calgary, and is a way for donors to support Calgary through a gift today, or one that is made through their estate plans.
Campaign Co-Chairs for 2016 Mick Dilger, President and CEO, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, and Deborah Yedlin, CBC and Calgary Herald’s Business and Energy Columnist, say that seeing firsthand the power Calgarians have when they come together has been an honour and experience they will always cherish.
“The 2016 campaign ‘We Are All Calgary’ has very special meaning to me,” says Dilger. “To see thousands of people come together for the greater good to bring about change is inspiring. We issued a plea to Calgarians because the need was greater than ever. And Calgarians responded overwhelmingly. Thank you Calgary!”
Looking to this year’s campaign, Young added, “We’re going to tell the story of Calgarians; those who support United Way and those who need our support. Championing this endeavor, we are thrilled to announce 2017’s Campaign Co-Chairs Canadian entrepreneur, television personality and venture capitalist, Manjit Minhas and Chairman, President and CEO of Imperial, Rich Kruger.”
Thanks to our generous sponsors, including gold-level sponsor JPMorgan Chase & Co., no donor dollars were used for this event. Spirits of Gold is an annual event held by United Way of Calgary and Area that celebrates the previous year’s campaign achievement. United Way of Calgary and Area also thanks our generous wire sponsor, Business Wire.
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