Community Rounds Up Support to Fight Poverty

United Way at mid-point of 2013 campaign

EDMONTON, AB – The cowbells were ringing loudly today at the Westin Hotel for United Way’s Community Roundup Breakfast. It was a raucous, energizing morning as United Way celebrated the half-way point in their annual fundraising campaign to address the many issues faced by community members living in poverty.

2013 Campaign Chair, Gary Bosgoed commended everyone for the momentum, fun and excitement they generate in their workplace campaigns. “I’m following you. You’re the real leaders,” he said. Bosgoed, who is a senior Vice President with WorleyParsons, also announced the campaign has raised $13.85 million so far. “This represents 60% of our $23.6 million goal! Thanks to the dedication of our many workplace campaigns and the people of the Alberta Capital Region, I feel confident we will reach our goal. We can do this,” said Bosgoed.

Councillor Ed Gibbons brought greetings on behalf of the city and regrets from Mayor Don Iveson, who was unable to attend due to another appointment.

Over 500 people attended the event, including volunteers, CEOs, campaign participants, United Way Board and Cabinet members, community leaders and dignitaries from the Alberta Capital Region. Several presentations were made by companies which have already completed their workplace campaigns, including the PCL Family of Companies and their employees, who once again broke their own fundraising record by raising $2.4 million this year. PCL is the largest private sector supporter of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, with a cumulative donation total of $14.8 million.

United Way supports programs and agencies in the Alberta Capital Region which successfully address the root causes of poverty by focusing on three primary areas: Education, Income and Wellness.

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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.