$7,000 donation to united way fundraiser supports local community agencies
CHATHAM, ON, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Union Gas gave the seventh annual
Chatham-Kent Amazing Race a boost today, courtesy of a $7,000 signature
sponsorship. The summer fundraising event, which pits teams of two in a
day-long race across Chatham-Kent, has raised more than $600,000 over
the past six years to fund local United Way agencies, programs and
"We are very proud to be a part of the Chatham-Kent Amazing Race for the
seventh year running," said Steve Baker, president of Union Gas. "The
vision for this event was created by a group of dedicated Union Gas
employees and we are excited to support its continued success. We
believe in giving back to the places where we live and work by
supporting the good work of organizations like United Way, which helps
thousands of people in our community every year."
Baker, along with Union Gas United Way committee chair Jim Hoffman and
Mike Packer, an amazing team race member from Union Gas, presented the
sponsorship cheque to Scott and Stacey Ewing, 2012 United Way Campaign
co-chairs at the company's head office today.
Twenty-five teams are lined up to race in this year's event, which takes
place on Saturday Aug. 18. Participants will run, walk, drive and even
swim throughout Chatham-Kent, deciphering clues that lead to challenges
that will test their mental and physical strengths. The Union Gas
sponsorship will go towards organizing the event, and every dollar
raised will be directed to local programs, services and agencies
supported by the United Way of Chatham-Kent's Community Fund.
In addition to continuing as signature sponsor, Union Gas has entered a
corporate team in the race and will be matching its employees' pledges
- including pledges in support of other teams. Furthermore, eight
Union Gas employees will be among the more than 100 volunteers who will
help to ensure this year's event runs smoothly.
"We are very grateful for the ongoing support that our organization
receives each year from Union Gas and its employees - through corporate
support, employee contributions and sponsorship of special events,"
said Kirkwood-Whyte, United Way's executive director. "These charitable
gifts ensure that one in three Chatham-Kent residents get the help they
need from the numerous programs and services provided by United Way and
its family of agencies."
The 2012 Amazing Race teams are featured at www.ckamazingrace.com or at www.uwock.ca. To find out how you can support this year's Chatham-Kent Amazing Race
as a donor or as a sponsor and receive a receipt for your pledge,
please contact Mary Hemming, steering committee chair, at (519)
358-7113 or by email at email@example.com, or the United Way's David Drouillard at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (519) 354-0430.
In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses,
Union Gas has contributed to the province of Ontario through
significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in
municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, thousands of volunteer
hours for community organizations, major charitable giving and
sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3 million to
charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $900,000
to United Way - $594,000 of that to the United Way of Chatham-Kent. For
more information visit www.uniongas.com/community.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4
million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than
400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. One
of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2012, Union Gas is a Spectra Energy
(NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200
employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
SOURCE Union Gas Limited
For further information:
Union Gas Limited
Andrea Stass, Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5490
Cell: 519 365-1010
United Way of Chatham-Kent
David Drouillard, Director, Resource Development