City of Toronto raises more than $1 million for the United Way|
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The City of Toronto gave Frances Lankin, President of the United Way of Greater
Toronto, a cheque for $1,010,000 today at Toronto City Hall. More than 900
municipal employee canvassers and volunteers were being recognized for their
fundraising efforts in the campaign, which surpassed the goal of $900,000.
Commissioner Paula M. Dill, Campaign Patron, presented the ceremonial cheque to
Lankin, who said, "I'm moved by your generosity. This contribution will touch
the lives of many people, and I know from having met with numerous agencies and
clients in recent weeks that there is a growing need out there."
Deputy Mayor Case Ootes told the audience, "This is a fantastic contribution.
As employees and residents of the City of Toronto, you have shown that you care
about the community. You have outdone yourselves this year."
Councillor Jane Pitfield, Council's representative in the campaign, commented,
"The United Way provides services that the City could not provide out of its
budget. Cal Scotchmer and his team of campaign organizers, and the many
canvassers and contributors, should feel wonderfully about this achievement. I
think the campaign does a lot to build staff morale at the City."
The City's 2001 United Way campaign includes donations from employees of the
City of Toronto, Exhibition Place, the Toronto Library Board, the Toronto Arts
Council, the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO), the Toronto
Parking Authority and the Toronto Zoo.
The City of Toronto, the largest public sector contributor in the Greater
Toronto Area and one of the top 10 leadership givers, earned membership in the
United Way's Top 25 Club last year for its generous donations to the community.
The City contributed almost a million dollars last year.
The United Way of Greater Toronto's priorities include giving young children a
healthy start, addressing hunger and homelessness, providing employment
programs and supports, delivering emergency help to adults in crisis, and
supporting independent living for seniors and people with disabilities.