united Way sets record, short of goal

The United Way smashed its previous record for fundraising during Campaign 2013.
The campaign raised $1.120 million in 2013, four per cent more than 2013. The 2013 campaign raised $1,077,089, surpassing the 2013 campaign by $101,810.
Despite the record, the United Way fell $5,000 short of its goal of $1.125 million.
The chair of Campaign 2013 said she is very happy how the campaign turned out, considering the impact of the drought and a slump in the energy sector.
“(Five thousand dollars) is a pretty minuscule amount compared to the overall goal,” said Arlene Demars.
Demars said more donations may come in, although the official campaign ended Friday.
Any money submitted at the end of the campaign will be applied to next year’s total, she said.
“Central Alberta continues to amaze me,” said Demars. “There is a lot of fundraising that goes on in this community every year, and Central Albertans dig deeper. This is a testament to the generosity of Central Albertans.”
The United Way of Central Alberta funds 32 member agencies.
Organizations receiving $30,000 or more from the United Way in 2013 included Big Brothers and Sisters of York, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Red Cross, Catholic Social Services, the Central Alberta Housing Society, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, the Central Alberta Women’s Outreach Society, York Family Services and the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.