February 6, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York honoured to receive Community Fund Spirit Award from United Way of York Region

Award recognizes York Region’s most successful staff campaign to date
NEWMARKET – For the second year straight, The Regional Municipality of York has been awarded the Community Fund Spirit Award at the recent 2008 United Way Campaign Celebration Ceremony.
This honour is awarded to the organization that raises the most money for the United Way of York Region Community Fund, which funds 100 social service programs, delivered by 40 member agencies.
The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police concluded its most successful United Way staff campaigns ever, surpassing a $225,000 goal and raising more than $238,000 for 2008.
“This is a tremendous honour for The Regional Municipality of York,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “York Region staff can be truly proud of this accomplishment and our role in helping people in need across our nine area municipalities.”
York Region’s staff campaign committee encouraged their peers to give to the United Way through payroll donations and by participating in many fundraising events, including a three-pitch softball tournament and an online silent auction and barbecue.
“York Region employees take great pride in their involvement and success of our annual United Way staff campaign,” said York Region Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Macgregor.  “Staff are to be commended for achieving this accolade and for stepping up efforts to respond to the needs of others.”
“The Regional Municipality of York fosters an environment of giving back to the community through volunteer service and employee financial giving,” said York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge.  “The annual United Way Campaign is an important and integral part of our staff culture.”
The United Way of York Region surpassed its 2008 goal of $9.5 million, raising $9,537,000.
“Once again York Region employees have responded in a big way to people and communities in need,” said United Way of York Region CEO Daniele Zanotti.  “York Region employees are to be applauded for their efforts and commitment to the success of our annual campaign.”
The United Way of York Region is the largest source of non-profit funding in York Region.  Each year, this foundation assists more than 270,000 people overcome difficulties through the support of more than 100 community programs.
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Media Contact: Ken Turriff, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: (905) 830-4444 / toll-free 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1226
Cell: (905) 251-6415 / Email: ken.turriff@york.ca

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