SD&G – Charities in the SD&G area are struggling this year to make their campaign targets and the United Way of SD&G is no different.
The campaign, which was supposed to wrap up Friday, has been extended three weeks.
Campaign chairman Nolan Quinn announced Friday afternoon at Cornwall Square the campaign had reached 82 per cent or roughly $579,108 of its $707,070 goal.
“A big thank you to the community. The community always comes out and supports our campaign. Supports all the other charities involved. We’re not the only one making the ask right now,” Quinn said, alluding to the struggle of fund raising.
The campaign will continue until Jan. 9.
Last year the campaign was extended by one week.
The get together Friday was also to draw the winners for the Celebration Sleigh and a travel voucher.
The Celebration Sleigh winner was Scott Smith, who took away over $5,000 in prizes.
The winner of the $3,000 travel voucher, sponsored by Bell, was Ann Marlin.
Rozon Insurance President Todd Rozon was also recognized for his media sponsorship with the campaign.
Seaway GM and Seaway Hyundai owners Andre and Bev Lapointe also presented a $4,500 cheque from their fund raising in the “Over and Above” challenge.
They took the lead with a group of businesses to raise additional dollars than was raised by the group last year.
This is the second campaign in a row for chairman Quinn and co-chairman Lacelle and, while they’ve enjoyed the work, they both say it’s time for some fresh blood to take the reins in 2015.
“We really wanted to bring the youth into the United Way,” said co-chairman Lacelle. “With our campaign team on average they’re probably about 30, 35 years old so it’s important to get that next generation in because a lot of our key donors are getting older in age and we need that replacement of those donors and also their time.”
The United Way supports 16 agencies in SD&G that deliver 19 programs.