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Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - United Way Campaign Kickoff - 10/22/09

Contact: Ana Bassios, Commissioner of Planning & 2009 United Way Campaign Chair, (905) 771-2417

The Town of Richmond Hill United Way Committee, Members of Council and staff, along with United Way of York Region CEO, Daniele Zanotti, and Senior Campaign Manager, Rickesh Lakhani

Will kick off the Town of Richmond Hill’s 2009 United Way fundraising campaign with opening ceremonies and United Way flag raising

On Monday, October 26 at two Town facilities (rain or shine):
  • 7:30 a.m. – Operations Centre (1200 Elgin Mills Road East)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Town Municipal Offices (225 East Beaver Creek Road at flag poles in front of building)
Council has proclaimed October as United Way Month in and for the Town of Richmond Hill and invited all residents to support the United Way of York Region (UWYR). Town employees plan to support the United Way and the communities they serve by again hosting their own fundraising campaign during the week of October 26-30. Planned events include a payroll deduction program, a bake sale, a barbecue lunch and an Amazing Race game, to name just a few.

In 2008, Town employees raised a record breaking total of $56,036 for the UWYR. In doing so, the Town was recognized by the UWYR for the second year in a row with the Municipal Challenge Award in the large municipality category. This year, the Town has set a fundraising goal of $55,000. 

The UWYR is the largest source of non-profit funding for social and community health services in York Region. Each year, this foundation assists more than 270,000 people overcome difficulties through support of more than 40 community programs in five priority areas: affordable housing and homelessness; domestic violence and abuse; literacy; mental health; and newcomers and immigrants. For more information on the United Way of York Region, please visit
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