EDMONTON, AB On Thursday, February 23, over 600 community members gathered at the Edmonton Expo Centre for United Way’s annual Red Tie Gala, 2016 Awards of Distinction, proudly presented by TD.  The awards celebrated the many outstanding contributions from organizations, individuals and volunteers to United Way’s 2016 campaign.  And, most importantly, it called attention to the impact these contributions have in our community to lift individuals and families out of poverty. 

The 2016 campaign focused on rising to the challenges and facing adversity head on. Campaign Co-chairs, Tom Redl, President and CEO of Chandos Construction, and Edmonton’s first lady, Sarah Chan, thanked the people in attendance for doing just that – demonstrating grit and determination throughout the campaign.

“You have made a commitment to reach out and offer a helping hand to others in our community. You are going the extra mile to give families and individuals – our neighbours and friends – a chance to create their own pathways out of poverty,” said Redl.  “This past year has been an inspirational time for me – seeing what our community can do when we work together.” 

Tom Redl then announced that Carman McNary, Managing Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, will join Sarah Chan as Co- Chair for the 2017 campaign. 

They also paid special tribute to Edmonton Community Foundation, which for a second year in a row, offered a Matched Donation Program in support of United Way.  In 2016, a generous $500,000 grant was provided, to match new major and corporate gifts, and new workplace campaigns – a grant was that was fully leveraged.

“I am so thrilled to be here to announce that, once again, you have opened the door to new possibilities for people in our community, and maximized the matching grants,” said Chandra Clarke, incoming Board Chair of the Edmonton Community Foundation. “I must say, it is so inspiring that people in the Alberta Capital Region continue to provide unwavering support to ensure we’re taking care of everyone who needs help.”

The gala featured musical performances by the Logan Alexis Singers, Lia Cole and Paul Woida – who also appeared in United Way’s 2016 Campaign video.

The evening came to a close with the announcement of the 2016 campaign achievement. “In this economy, more families are at risk of falling into poverty,” Sarah Chan said.  “But I’m honoured to be able to tell you, together, we have raised an incredible $26.3 million!” 

United Way was also proud to honour three organizations with the Award of Excellence, recognizing workplace campaigns that raised more than $1 million.  Sharing in this prestigious spotlight were: the Provincial Employees’ United Way Campaign ($1.31 million), Enbridge Pipelines ($1.45 million), and PCL Construction ($2.75 million).

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