Campaign achieves a total of $1,850,459

Boston Pizza hosted the United Way of Chatham-Kent Touchdown this afternoon and the 2013 Campaign Cabinet team revealed the 2013 total raised – $1,850,459. 

Cecily Coppola is the Volunteer Cabinet Co-Chair with William Grin. “When we set the goal in August 2013, we anticipated success with a number of opportunities and organizations that would help us reach the target. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach the total, and even fell behind what was raised in 2012.  While we are obviously disappointed with this result, we can share with all of you the warm welcome and active participation we did receive from across Chatham-Kent.  For this support and this result we are truly thankful. In fact, as we consider the amount raised this year, we all realize that there is still cause for celebration, and even pride.

 There are a tremendous number of individual donor gifts, corporate sponsorships, special event incomes and employee pledges that are represented in this total.  It is a total we are proud of, a total that so many volunteers, agency representatives and United Way staff have worked hard to make happen.  These dollars will help the United Way funded agencies continue to serve those in our community needing our help.”

 William Grin praised the 2013 Cabinet. “It would take hours and hours to thank the hundreds of people that worked to achieve these results.  Today we mention those in our Cabinet – tireless volunteers committing their energy, their time and yes, their dollars to help make this possible. Past Campaign Chairs are Stacey and Scott Ewing; in Chatham the Region was led by Lisa and Bruce McAllister; Cassandra Duquette in Tilbury; Carmen McGregor in North Chatham-Kent; in Blenheim Emily Robert; Ridgetown was Heather, Erin and Kristen Beecroft, Florin Marksteiner in Thamesville; Jodi Kish and Mavis Johnston in Bothwell.  Kelly O’Connor represented the Bushels of Hope Committee; Joe McCabe the Labour community; Brad Davis the Not-For-Profit Division and Ashley Church, our Sponsored Representative from Union Gas. We are in debt to these amazing volunteers”. 

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2013 Campaign Goal        $2,200,000            2012 Campaign raised $2,045,843

2013 Total at Touchdown  $1,850,459


For more information on this year’s annual campaign please visit or contact William Grin (519) 352-9555, Cecily Coppola

CKXS Radio Hostage Event

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Touchdown details – and one final campaign appeal

Larry Ouldes, Office Manager for Dillon Consulting Ltd.; Bruce McAllister, also with Dillon and the 2013 Chatham Region Campaign Co-Chair; Helen Heath, United Way Chatham-Kent, Director, Community Impact.

Cecily Coppola and William Grin would like to celebrate the fantastic achievement of the 2013 United Way Fundraising Campaign and thank all of the generous donors and supporters. However, “It is apparent we will not achieve the targeted $2,200,000 we set as our goal in August. Next month our volunteer Cabinet team will meet to determine the ‘go forward’ process for 2014. One campaign ends and another will begin almost immediately.”

erous hosting provided by Boston Pizza in Chatham. We will meet and invite volunteers and supporters to come out and celebrate this result as well as all of the hard work carried out by everyone involved. Please join with us between 2:00 and 4:00 PM, and at 3:00 PM the total 2013 United Way Campaign achievement will be announced!


It has been this way for over 60 years; United Way staff and volunteers working around the calendar so that the 25 funded agencies, programs and services can receive as many of the dollars they need, as is possible. From Thamesville to Tilbury, and Wheatley to Wallaceburg, lives will be positively impacted by the work of these organizations. So many people will be helped, and for this we are truly grateful to our many donors and supporters.
Our Campaign Touchdown event is going to take place on Friday, January 24, with many thanks to the gen

William is also Chair of the Leaders of the Way Program. “Year after year our major donors have helped set the pace for the fundraising campaign. We are not finished counting pledges until Friday morning. There is still time for our Leaders of the Way – and for all donors wishing to help us close the fundraising gap – to help do that. Our on-line giving site is confidential and secure, and will be the final opportunity this year for donors to contribute to the United Way of Chatham-Kent. Volunteers are already busy speaking with the funded agencies, and working to determine their allocations for 2014. The more dollars we have, the more we can share. That’s just how simple it is.”

2013 Campaign Goal $2,200,000
Achieved to Date $1,700,000

Breaking Barriers


Prosperity Roundtable of Chatham-Kent

Thursday, 2014 JAN 09


Breaking Barriers Call for Submissions & Studio Sessions

The second annual Breaking Barriers Through Art; Call for Submissions is officially out! The goal of Breaking Barriers is to create a greater understanding of lived experiences. The exhibition facilitates creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations within our community. This year the community partners helping to make this event happen are Family Service Kent and The Cultural Centre. Remember to save the date for the Opening Public Reception Saturday March 15th, 2014 6-9PM.

Join us for our studio sessions in February. These five unique sessions are designed to provide the opportunity for new, emerging and experienced Artists to connect with each other and art spaces in Chatham-Kent. The sessions also provide the opportunity to create art for individuals who may not have access to art resources and/or may be new to artistic exper


The Cultural Centre 75 William Street North. Registration is open to ALL Chatham Kent community members. Space is limited and registration is based on providing opportunities for as many individuals as possible. A list of available dates and times are as follows:

Studio Session            Tuesday                      2014 FEB 04 1-4PM

Studio Session            Wednesday                 2014 FEB 05 1-4PM

Studio Session            Tuesday                      2014 FEB 18 6-9PM

Studio Session            Wednesday                 2014 FEB 19 6-9PM

Studio Session            Friday                          2014 FEB 21 6-9PM 

Registration is required for each session.

For more info contact  519-354-0430 ext 213

To REGISTER contact Polly Smith or

Irene MacCreadie  519-354-8346 ext.46

NOTE: If transportation is a barrier to attending this event use contacts to arrange transportation (1 week notice requested).

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