Amazing Race Winners

First Place Finish wins $2,500 in travel cards and guaranteed acceptance into any CKAR 2015 event with the entry fee waived. The winner is Team #1 The Team Formally Known as The KGB consisting of Scott Thomnson and Dan C. Peltier.


Second Place Finish wins prizes valued at $1500 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any CKAR 2015 event with the entry fee waived. Second place winner is Team 5 Creek Connection consisting of Christina and Bob Vandersluis.

Third Place Finish wins prizes valued at $500 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any CKAR 2015 event with the entry fee waived. Third place winner is Team 24 – District 12 consisting of Ashley Lindsay and Adam Ludolph.

Additional Team Prize Winners:

Team 1 – The Team Formally Known As The KGB – Scott Thompson and Dan C. Peltier – won a special race advantage by being one of the Early Bird registrants. 

Team 12 – Morning Already?? – Jon Ripley and Justin Cook – won the “pledge lottery” on pledge night August 21, 2014 – $500 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any 2015 CKAR event and an additional $100 in travel vouchers for raising over $2,000 in pledges. 

Team 15 – Sole Brothers – Dave and Jacob Simpson – won $200 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any 2015 CKAR event for raising over $5,000 in pledges. 

Team 4 – Buns on the Run – Carlie Scalesse and Dave Graham – won $100 in travel vouchers for raising over $2,000 in pledges.

 Activities in the 2014 event included mental and physical challenges both!  Racers visited parks, the beach, various businesses and not-for-profit locations and even a church.  You can nearly guess the fun they had with water balloons, skateboards, paint ball guns, plane kits, motorbikes, regulators, hula-hoops, darts, carpet bowling, scavenger hunts, dancing, mud pits, vision goggles, blindfolds and more. They visited sites from Dresden to Erieau and ended the day with a celebration for all at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – right across the street from United Way’s offices on McNaughton Ave. W. in Chatham. 

This year, 24 CKAR teams and hundreds of event sponsors and individual donors raised over $55,000 in sponsorships and pledges.  Thanks to event sponsors, 100% of the dollars raised by the teams is designated to the UWOCK Community Fund.  Agencies, programs and services will receive these funds as a part of United Way’s continued focus on wise community investments. 

David Drouillard is the Director, Resource Development for UWOCK. “This is the ninth year for the CKAR event. The total raised to date is just about $735,000 and we’re still counting a few pledges from the weekend. We are so grateful to the sponsors since their support allows pledges from participants to go right back into the community!  

For the ninth year, our Signature Sponsor for the CKAR event is Union Gas. They not only kick-start the event financially, they also loan us some of their wonderful people as volunteer planners; they provide a location to start the event; and they recruit a team to plan and host the opening challenges – awesome. 

We would also like to especially thank our Silver Sponsors – the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Public Health Unit, Maizex Seeds Inc., and Sun Media, our Gold Sponsors – TVCOGECO and Cheshire Media, our Bronze Sponsors – South Kent Wind and Invenergy, and our Site Sponsors – UNIFOR, Dajcor and C.L.A.C. 

There isn’t room here to thank the many videographers, challenge site hosts, equipment providers, pledge auditors food and refreshment suppliers, funded agency staff and volunteers, judges, in-car observers, safety volunteers, photographers and event organizers.  They know who they are and we hope to see them all at our Video Premiere Night later this year. 

The Chatham-Kent Amazing Race is truly an amazing annual event that brings our community closer, allows us all to enjoy a day of fun and adventure and raises important pledges for the agencies working to make CK stronger, safer and caring. Well done Chatham-Kent … well done!”


On Sunday September 28, 2014, runners and walkers from across the Municipality – and a growing number from outside of Chatham-Kent – will assemble at John McGregor Secondary School (near Mud Creek) to participate in a 5K walk or run, a 10K run, a Kid’s Dash and, new for 2014, a half marathon!

 In just three short years, thanks to the generous support of many sponsors – including the event’s lead sponsor GreenField Ethanol – this WRACE chip-timed event has raised over $42,000 net to support UWOCK’s many locally funded agencies, programs and services. 

 Serious runners and walkers, beginners, kids, families and employee groups have been and will again be treated to a morning of fun, food, entertainment, race buffs, finisher medals, prizes and surprises galore.

 There is a reduced rate for those registering before Friday, September 06, 2014.

 To take advantage of this early rate please visit or contact United Way (519) 354-0430

 For additional information please contact Matt Wood (519) 365-4468 or United Way Chatham-Kent at (519) 354-0430.


Thursday, September 11, 2014, the public is invited to meet the 2014 Campaign Co-Chairs, Dean and Margery Muharrem, as they tour several Chatham-Kent communities through-out the day to announce local community campaign goals. 

The Chatham-Kent 2014 Campaign Goal will be announced at 4 p.m. at The 425 in Chatham and everyone is invited to visit the Chatham office, meet the volunteer Cabinet and enjoy a few light refreshments and snacks. Also, please refer to the schedule below of timing and locations to meet up in each community. 

UWOCK would like to thank the local owners of Tim Hortons stores and the managers of the Bank of Montreal locations in Thamesville and Bothwell for their generous hospitality and sponsorship of the day’s events. 


Tim Hortons – 368 St. Clair Street. 

Chatham Region Co-Chairs are Adam Ludolph and Eric Stemmler



Tim Hortons – 66 McNaughton Ave. 

Wallaceburg Region Chair is Newt Richardson


10:15 A.M. DRESDEN

Tim Hortons – 1144 North Street

 Dresden Region Co-Chairs are Virginia Smith and Nicole Alves



Bank of Montreal – corner of London and Victoria Streets

Thamesville Region Co-Chairs are Joe Presutto and Tara Lee Berry




Bank of Montreal – 181 Main Street North

Bothwell Region Co-Chairs are Bruce Miller and Greg Cameron



Tim Hortons – 20474 Victoria Ave.

 Ridgetown Region Chair is Caress Lee Carpenter



Tim Hortons – 79 Talbot Street

 Blenheim Region Co-Chairs are Tony Rizzuto and Jason Heuvelmans



Tim Hortons – 6 Mill Street West

Tilbury Region Chair is Deb Moysiuk


Returning to United Way of Chatham-Kent (The 425) 425 McNaughton Ave. West in Chatham for light refreshments and the reveal of the 2014 campaign goal at 4 P.M. 

It’s a great day to change lives! 

“We are so excited to be leading the communities in their fundraising for the 2014 United Way Campaign.  Since agreeing to serve in this role, way back in 2013, Margery and I have achieved a growing awareness of the tremendous impact your donations  make. Every community is served and thousands of people are touched by the work of the programs, services and agencies your dollars help fund. 

 We would love to meet you. 

Margery and I have visited the many funded agencies. We have talked with staff and volunteers and clients.  Now it’s time to meet all of you and invite you to support this tremendous fundraising effort.  Let’s get together and figure out how YOU can become involved!

For additional information or to find out how you can become involved with the 2014 campaign contact Chatham-Kent Co-Chairs for 2014 Dean and Margery Muharrem (519) 436-5674 (519) 784-2511 Reach United Way Chatham-Kent at or contact David Drouillard at (519) 354-0430 or

CKNN Project Co-Ordinator Position

United Way of Chatham-Kent and the Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network Steering Committee would like to express their appreciation to those individuals who applied for the position of Project Co-Ordinator.  The deadline for applications was Friday, 2015 AUG 15 at 5:00 p.m.  The selection process is currently underway and all candidates who have been chosen to move on to the next step in this process will be notified, by e-mail, no later than Friday, 2014 AUG 29. 

Thank you for your interest in Chatham-Kent’s nonprofit sector!