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United Way Closes the Books on 2014 with an Unexpected Boost to Campaign

Cambridge - United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries has closed its books on the 2014 campaign with an unexpected boost. Staff and volunteers at United Way are thrilled to share that an additional $40,663 in fundraising dollars were received after announcing at the annual Community Achievement Night gala on February 26th, 2015 that they had come within 98% of their goal. Because these funds were received before March 31st, 2015, United Way is able to include these dollars in the campaign achievement for 2014. What this ultimately means is that the 2014 campaign has now closed having raised $2,327,425 – an incredible 99.5% achievement on its goal of $2,340,000!

“This has been an amazing finish to a roller coaster of a campaign,” said Anna McCrindell, VP Commercial Insurance Solutions at Gore Mutual and Chair of the 2014 United Way Campaign. “It isn’t uncommon for there to be surprises in a campaign, but this campaign in particular has been marked by so many ups and downs. In the end, what has shone through is our community’s relentless determination and generosity.”

A few months into the 2014 campaign United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries shared with the community that it may come up $80,000 short of its goal. United Way’s Director of Resource Development, Amanda Melnick, says, “We called on businesses and residents to come forward as Community Superheroes to help close the gap. We were certain the community’s response would be swift and generous, but there was no telling exactly how this story would end.”

Gore Mutual Insurance Company was the first to respond with an additional gift of $15,000. This was followed by an additional gift of $5,000 from Toyota Tsusho Canada Inc., Maple Automotive Corp., and Green Metals Canada. United Way also heard from individual residents who phoned in to offer their help. The unexpected $40,663 that came through in recent weeks was a combination of individual gifts from large donors as well as fundraising dollars from businesses that surpassed their campaign goals.

United Way had said in an earlier media release that Cambridge & North Dumfries ranks in the top 20 United Way communities across Canada for per capita giving. CEO Ron Dowhaniuk is undoubtedly grateful for this generosity: “On behalf of all the staff and volunteers at United Way, as well as our partner agencies who provide the 40 programs that will serve over 51,000 people in our community this year, I want to say that I am humbled and grateful for the support provided by our community. The Community Superheroes that made this possible came in all forms and sizes. Some were businesses, while others were community residents; some were longstanding United Way supporters and others are just now joining the United Way movement; but what’s important is that together, we’ve achieved something incredible. Thank you.”

If you are interested in making a donation, running a fundraiser or asking your organization to get involved in the upcoming 2015 United Way campaign, call the United Way office at 519-621-1030 for more information.

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