The United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton kicked off its 2012 annual campaign at Ivor Wynne Stadium today as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took on the Edmonton Eskimos.
The campaign has begun with a roaring start as ArcelorMittal Dofasco President & CEO, Juergen Schachler and company Employee Donations Fund chair Larry Meyer announced a combined donation of $500,000. They presented a cheque on the field at halftime to Burlington Campaign Chair, Hon. Paddy Torsney and Hamilton Campaign Chair, Dr. Nick Bontis.
ArcelorMittal Dofasco extended an additional challenge to the community to step up for the United Way. The company and employees announced they would match an additional $50,000 for money raised through new workplace campaigns, new leadership donations of $1,000 or more, leadership donations that increase by a minimum of 10%, or donations that increase to the $1,000 level (the increased amount). The program is designed to inspire the people of Hamilton and Burlington to help build community strength by donating to the United Way.
“Community investment is a longstanding tradition for our company and our employees,” says Juergen Schachler. “We know that continuing to build the strength of Hamilton and Burlington is an important part of being a business leader. For 100 years, the company and its employees have been a key pillar in the community. With our additional challenge, we are inviting others to step up to help the United Way as they continue to create change in our communities”.
United Way salutes ArcelorMittal Dofasco and their employees for their continued support and would like to congratulate them on the occasion of their 100th Anniversary.
“We are most grateful to ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the thousands of individuals whose gifts, large or small, will have an impact on the lives of over 222,000 residents who rely on the programs and services funded by United Way”, says United Way CEO, Len Lifchus. “We want to thank the Hamilton Tiger- Cats, ArcelorMittal Dofasco employees and United Way volunteers and staff for being here today to celebrate the start of our 85th annual campaign”.
Immediately following the announcement, the Campaign Chairs made their way to center field for the ceremonial kicking of the football to officially “kick off” the annual community campaign and reveal United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton’s 2012 campaign goal of $7,000,000. (seven million dollars).
With more than $1,134,732 already raised via corporate and individual contributions, the community has already begun to show their support for United Way. Of that total, the United Way family, (Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinets and staff) contributed $88,359.
“We are confident we can reach our goal,” said Dana Robbins, the Board of Directors Chair. “We have a dedicated United Way family and a community that wants to see change happen in Burlington and Hamilton. The United Way provides a tangible way to get involved and make that happen.”