United Way “confident” of target

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The last day of the United Way's Annual Giving Campaign may be Friday, but the money is still rolling in.

Judi Baril, the United Way's executive director, said that the campaign is currently $150,000 away from reaching its goal of $1,030,000.

However, Baril said, big-name sponsors such as Procter & Gamble are presenting contributions next week and she's confident that the campaign will reach its target.

“There are still a significant number of accounts that have not reported in,” Baril said.

After a mid-term analysis in late November, Baril said that the United Way figured that it would be able to achieve this year's goal.

“We predicted on November 22 that the accounts that were out there would achieve our goal and perhaps go over a little bit,” she said. 

“We're very confident, but we are not taking anything for granted.”

This year's United Way campaign kicked off in September. The campaign was already at 18 per cent of its goal at its kick-off breakfast on September 12.

Events like a silent auction, Hockey Night in Leeds-Grenville and the Starlight Film Festival helped raise funds for the campaign.

With around $880,000 already raised, the campaign is currently at 85 per cent of its goal.

“It's just fabulous. We're feeling really good about that,” said Baril.

Baril said that the United Way worked with a number of campaign partners in Leeds-Grenville.

The money raised by the Annual Giving Campaign will be dispensed to 28 local non-profit organizations to run programs and services in 2013.

Last year was the first time that the local organization topped the $1 million mark. Baril said funds from last year's campaign helped 36,640 people.

“That's one in every three persons living in Leeds-Grenville,” Baril said.

“There's 105 programs and services that are funded through United Way dollars within those 28 agencies.”



Procter and Gamble will present its contribution to the United Way of Leeds and Grenville's Annual Giving Campaign on Thursday, December 13. Last year P&G contributed $250,000.




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