United Way drive sets new record

Appreciation  award winners Dennis Gablehouse, campaign chair, and Gladys  Fraser, leadership chair, joined by United Way CEO Harry Grossmith (centre).  -
Appreciation award winners Dennis Gablehouse, campaign chair, and Gladys Fraser, leadership chair, joined by United Way CEO Harry Grossmith (centre).
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More than 200 people turned out Wednesday morning at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre this morning to help celebrate a new milestone for the Central and South Okanagan United Way fundraising efforts—a record-high total of $1,356,875.

To mark the occasion, volunteers, businesses and media gathered for the Canadian Western Bank-United Way Community Spirit Awards.

The energy level was high as attendees celebrated their contributions and the difference they made in the lives of thousands of people in our community in 2010.

The top campaign of the year again this year was Costco Wholesale who with over 80 per centof their employees participating in the campaign raised close to $70,000.

Gorman Bros. Lumber, known for strong support of their local community were a very close second.

More than 150 workplace campaigns participated in the 2010 Live United fundraising campaign.

Dennis Gabelhouse, the 2010 campaign chair, said he was pleased with how people in our community are Living United, by giving, advocating and volunteering for United Way. “I thank everyone that supported United Way this past year so that we can continue to support those most in need in our communities.”

The Team Spirit Award was presented to UBCO – the third largest campaign. The Quantum Leap Giving Award was given to Future Shop who also had 80 per cent of their employees participate in the campaign.

“When we participate and Live United there is opportunity to give back to the place where we live,” said Harry Grossmith, United Way CEO.

“People recognize that by participating through United Way, they engage in an efficient, meaningful way to ensure that their time, talent and treasures stay in the community.”

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