Media Release

November 17, 2011

York Region employees raise $381,000 for the United Way of York Region

Staff exceed goal of $380,000 and conclude most successful campaign to date
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Police have raised $381,000 for the United Way of York Region, capping our most successful United Way fundraising campaign ever.
Today’s announcement was the culmination of a staff-led campaign that kicked off at a ceremony on September 13 at the Administrative Centre with a campaign goal of $380,000.
“Our employee’s commitment to giving back is commendable,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “This was our biggest staff campaign yet and York Region staff recognized a need within our community and stepped up to assist. The services United Way provide are essential for our growing region to thrive, and make positive change a reality.”
Since 1995, the Region has raised more than $1.6 million for the United Way of York Region. In 2010, a staff campaign goal of $300,000 was exceeded with $320,000 raised.
“I wish to extend my congratulations to the staff of York Region and York Regional Police for exceeding their goal,” said Daniele Zanotti, Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of York Region. “This year’s staff goal was ambitious and York Region employees proved up for the challenge. This significant contribution will help United Way-funded agencies continue to provide vital services to hundreds of thousands of people.”
York Region employees participated in a number of fundraising events, including a payroll pledge campaign, 3-on-3 hockey and softball tournaments, plus raffle draws.
The campaign was Co-Chaired by York Regional Police Deputy Chief Thomas Carrique and York Region Commissioner of Environmental Services, Erin Mahoney.
“United Way supports a large network of programs which provide vital support for new immigrants, the elderly and abused women; the people who will directly benefit from the generous support of everyone,” said Deputy Chief Carrique. “The generosity of the staff will ensure a troubled youth receives help securing long-term employment, provide a family in poverty with food and an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing with the support they need.”
York Region will also host its 17th Annual United Way Craft and Gift Sale on Thursday, November 24 at the York Region Administrative Centre, located at 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Media Contact: Aviva Cohen, Corporate Communications, York Region

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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