September 16, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police set $300,000 employee fundraising goal for the United Way

Amount represents 20 per cent increase over 2009 fundraising amount
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police have announced a $300,000 staff fundraising goal in support of the United Way of York Region’s 2010 campaign.
 
“I am confident that our staff are up to the challenge and will once again meet our fundraising target for 2010,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “York Region employees continue to demonstrate they are genuinely committed to making a difference and giving back to our community.”
 
The announcement was made during a United Way kick-off ceremony and barbecue luncheon.  The $300,000 goal represents a 20 per cent increase over last year’s goal of $250,000.
 
In 2009, York Region surpassed its campaign goal and raised $253,000.  Since 1999, the Region has raised more than $1.3 million for the United Way of York Region.
 
“Our campaign highlights the role of the United Way and its member agencies in providing important services to families, individuals, seniors and children in need across York Region,” said York Regional Police Deputy Chief Bruce Herridge, Campaign Co-Chair along with Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, the Region’s Commissioner of Transportation Services.  “It is amazing to see the positive impact United Way agencies have in improving the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens.”
 
Each year, the United Way of York Region assists more than 270,000 people overcome difficulties through the support of more than 100 community programs.
 
“I want to thank York Region and York Regional Police for their tremendous support,” said United Way of York Region CEO Daniele Zanotti.  “I truly value the difference the York Region staff campaign makes in helping the United Way achieve our wider campaign goal.  Thanks to this generous support, people across the region can access the supports they need – a mom and her kids from Vaughan can escape domestic abuse, a teen from Newmarket can cope with mental illness and family in King can overcome unemployment and avoid homelessness.”
 
As part of the staff campaign, York Region and York Regional Police will hold the 10th Annual 3-Pitch Baseball Tournament on Friday, September 17.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the York Regional Police Association ball diamonds, located at 600 Stonehaven Avenue (off Bayview Avenue) in the Town of Newmarket.
 
For more information on the United Way of York Region, please visit www.uwyr.on.ca
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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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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