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January 18, 2018
Toronto Public Service raises over $1.7 million for United Way
Today, the City of Toronto announced a record-breaking fundraising total of $1.7 million for its United Way Employee Campaign. City employees surpassed their annual campaign fundraising goal, set at $1.5 million for 2017, for the 17th consecutive year. This year's total represents the highest amount ever raised by the Toronto Public Service and is a three-per cent increase over the previous fundraising total of $1.65 million in 2016.

"On behalf of City Council, I commend the Toronto Public Service on another extraordinary campaign," said Mayor John Tory. "Our employees' contributions to the United Way each year help build stronger neighbourhoods and improve the quality of life for Torontonians."

"Many residents rely on the outstanding programs and services the United Way provides, and I am proud of the Toronto Public Service for its dedication, commitment and generous support," said City Manager Peter Wallace, who serves as a member of the United Way Toronto & York Region Campaign Cabinet.

"With the exceptional work of countless volunteers and City staff, we have surpassed our fundraising target for the 17th straight time," said Campaign Co-patrons John Livey, Deputy City Manager, and Frank Ramagnano, President of the Toronto Professional Firefighters' Association. "Staff have again exceeded themselves in support of this important cause so that United Way agencies are better able to offer hope and opportunities to those who are most vulnerable."

This year's employee campaign included events such as the Civic Run, the Civic Gala and various workplace-based fundraising efforts. With formal support from City unions and associations (CUPE Local 79, CUPE Local 416, the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association, Toronto Public Library Workers Union CUPE Local 4948 and COTAPSA), staff held about 200 special events across work locations to raise funds.

The Toronto Public Service was joined in its campaign by the following agencies and corporations: Toronto Public Library, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Parking Authority, and Exhibition Place.

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