Toronto Public Service raises more than $1 million for the United Way |
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The City of Toronto proudly gave the United Way of Greater Toronto a cheque for
$1,175,000 at an employee recognition event held at City Hall today. The
efforts of organizers and canvassers, combined with the response from thousands
of municipal employees, helped the 2003 campaign meet and exceed the goal of
$930,000 that was announced at the campaign launch in September. Every
department met or exceeded its target.
City Treasurer Joe Pennachetti, campaign patron, announced the amount raised in
this year's highly successful campaign, presenting the cheque to Frances
Lankin, head of the United Way of Greater Toronto. Joe thanked the audience of
campaign organizers, co-ordinators and canvassers, as well the hundreds of
other canvassers and contributors across the city.
Shirley Hoy, Toronto's Chief Administrative Officer, told the audience, "I'm
amazed at how we come through for the United Way every year. Employees have
raised millions of dollars for the United Way since amalgamation. This is an
extraordinary achievement for the Toronto Public Service. It's my pleasure and
privilege to be here with you to celebrate your 2003 achievement."
The City's United Way campaign project director, Cal Scotchmer, read a letter
of congratulations from Mayor David Miller, who was not able to attend the
event. The mayor asked everyone involved in the campaign to "accept my
gratitude and appreciation for your efforts."
Receiving the cheque from Joe Pennachetti, Frances Lankin said she is moved to
tears by the extent of City employee support for the campaign. "You rock,
absolutely," she told a cheering audience, adding, "So many people's lives will
be touched and made better because of you."
The fundraising campaign included the participation of employees in several of
the City's agencies as well as its departments, and received the support of the
municipal unions and associations.
The leadership drive, involving individual contributions of $1,000 or more, is
another important component of the campaign. This year, leadership donors
contributed a total of $185,000 to the City's campaign. Senior staff members
Claire Tucker-Reid and Angelos Bacopoulos co-chaired the leadership campaign.
Another person who was thanked for her involvement was Councillor Jane
Pitfield, who led the campaign among members of City Council again this year.
Today's wrap-up event included the presentation of "Spirit Awards" recognizing
the exceptional campaign efforts of two or three staff members in each City
department. Another highlight was employee Rosemary Schmidt's singing of the
campaign theme song, "We Can Make a Difference," accompanied by an instrumental
soundtrack and the audience's rhythmic clapping.
Cal Scotchmer, City of Toronto United Way Project Director,