United Way Chatham Kent raises $1,707,707 to invest in C-K

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United Way Chatham-Kent raises $1,707,707 to invest in C-K

United Way Chatham-Kent announced today that their Annual Campaign has wrapped up, raising $1,707,707. The announcement was made this morning by the 2016 Campaign Co-chairs, Patricia Wright and Steve Pratt at the Campaign Touchdown Breakfast hosted by the Links of Kent and sponsored by Advanced Realty Solutions, Ross Insurance Brokers, Inc., and 94.3 CKSY FM.

The majority of funds raised are donated by individuals in the community or employees who give through a workplace campaign. The rest is raised through corporate gifts and special events such as Blenheim’s Art in the Garden, Harvest Run, Red Feather, 99.1 CKXS FM’S Radio Hostage and Starlight Movie Night.

“It was an honour to be a part of the United Way campaign. I am very proud of what our community was able to accomplish, thanks to an amazing team effort”, said Wright. “It was an incredible experience and it really opens your eyes to the hardships people in our community face each and every day. I also realize how lucky we are to have organizations like the United Way making a difference in the lives of the people living right here in Chatham-Kent.”

“Patricia and I have often spoken of how lucky we are to be able to give back to an organization that has helped us overcome some pretty big obstacles in our own lives”, added Pratt. “If I had to sum up the 2016 campaign with one word, it would be ‘gratitude’ – gratitude for the countless volunteers who donated their time to serve on our campaign cabinet, running a workplace campaign or a special event – gratitude for the courageous individuals who came forward and shared their deeply personal stories with strangers, family, friends, co-workers and neighbours to help them understand the real impact donors make on the lives of the recipients of their contributions; and most importantly, gratitude for everyone who chose to invest their hard-earned dollars to support the children, individuals and families who may need to access United Way’s funded programs and services in 2017.”

The money raised by the campaign will start being distributed locally almost immediately. United Way volunteers will carefully review funding applications and make recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors in the coming weeks.



A friendly – and timely – reminder….

With 2016 soon coming to a close, please accept this friendly reminder to those interested in receiving an income tax receipt, to please be sure to submit your donation by December 31st.




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United Way of Chatham-Kent Reaches Campaign Midpoint

United Way of Chatham-Kent’s 2016 Annual Fundraising Campaign has reached the halfway point, in terms of both the campaign period and the fundraising target of $1.9 million. The 2016 Campaign touchdown takes place on January 19th, 2017.

“Following Wednesday’s amazing announcement at Union Gas, we are pleased to share with the community that the 2016 Fundraising Campaign has reached $1,013,006,” says Tom Slager, Director of Resource Development. “It is really humbling to see how the community pulls together to support this campaign, proving every year that ‘Together, we are possibility’.”

Fundraising Campaign Co-Chairs, Patricia Wright and Steve Pratt added, “this experience has been incredibly eye-opening for getting to know our community and the folks who have been touched by and count on United Way’s services. We see and have experienced first-hand the impact the donations are making. We are incredibly proud of all who have stepped forward so far to help us to reach our halfway point and want you to know that we will keep working hard until we reach our $1.9M goal.”

Organizations interested in supporting the 2016 Campaign are asked to contact Tom Slager at: Tom@uwock.ca. For more information; updates on upcoming events; or to make an online donation, please visit: www.uwock.ca  – or contact us by phone at: 519-354-0430.

Photo captured at Union Gas, Chatham offices on November 16, 2016. Union Gas employees and retirees showed their generous nature once again by raising $591,125 for United Way of Chatham-Kent in 2016.




On October 29th, 2016, Chatham-Kent’s own Patricia Wright was awarded the Gold Medal in Linz Austria at this year’s World Karate Federation, Para-Athletes kata Division, Senior World Championship. On the international level, this is the top honour in her sport.

In celebration, our local United Way of Chatham-Kent welcomed Patricia home on Monday, November 7thunited-way-of-ck_close-up_-patricia-wright-with-dan-whittal_-certificat-presentation_-united-way with a double-decker ‘victory lap’ throughout our community, riding high and in style in a vintage double-decker bus before returning to UWOCK offices in Chatham for a celebration.

Well-wishers included Patricia’s ‘Sensei’ (teacher) Dan Whittal from Zanshin Dojo who presented Patricia with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Mayor Randy Hope and Chatham-Kent Council, congratulating Patricia on her accomplishments on the world stage.