Gala shines spotlight on incredible community spirit
EDMONTON, AB – A sold-out crowd gathered at the Edmonton Expo Centre to celebrate this year’s incredible campaign achievement: $23.3 million, the largest amount ever for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region!
2013 Campaign Chair, Gary Bosgoed, Sr. VP, WorleyParsons Canada addressed a crowd of nearly 700 guests and thanked the 5000 community volunteers, 35,000 donors and 500 organizations who ran workplace campaigns this year to reduce poverty in our region. “I’ve been moved by the power and collective spirit that exists in this community,” Bosgoed said. “Together, we can meet our audacious goal of ending poverty.”
The Red Tie Gala, Awards of Distinction was emceed by Breakfast Television co- host, Bridget Ryan and Breakfast Television news anchor, Courtney Theriault. Awards were given to outstanding volunteers, organizations and campaign teams that exhibited significant growth, innovation, enthusiasm and staff participation rates. The Award of Excellence was given to four campaigns that raised more than $1 million each: Enbridge, PCL, the Provincial Employees’ United Way Campaign and new recipient for 2013, WorleyParsons Canada.
Councillor Armajeet Sohi brought greetings on behalf of the City of Edmonton. Musical entertainment was provided by the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, Sean Sonego and Nuela Charles. An inspiring art installation of black and white photographs told the stories of donors and the people in the community who have benefited from the assistance of various United Way-funded partner agencies. As well, a video was shown which explored the life-changing impact donations have in our community.
At the end of the evening, Gary Bosgoed officially turned the reins over to 2014 Campaign Chair, Ruth Kelly, President and CEO of Venture Publishing. Bosgoed remarked that his year as Chair was “an experience of a lifetime” and he knows, that with Ruth’s leadership, next year’s campaign will be equally as successful.
Working with more than 55 community partners, United Way is committed to ending poverty in our region by addressing the root causes, focusing on three primary areas: Education, Income and Wellness.
To learn more about United Way and its work with more than 55 community partners, please visit myunitedway.ca.
About United Way
United Way brings community members together to create pathways out of poverty and make the greatest impact possible on the most pressing social challenges in our community.
Nancy Critchley, Director, Communications, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region Office: 780-443-8381 Mobile: 780-909-1794 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org