Outstanding 2013 employee campaign marks utility's largest contribution
VAUGHAN, ON, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - An outstanding 2013 employee campaign
once again was acknowledged as being a key contributing factor in
PowerStream being able to provide a record-setting donation this year
of $180,194 to be shared by the United Way York Region and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County.
At a ceremony held recently at PowerStream's head office in Vaughan,
several company officials including Frank Scarpitti, Board Chair and
Mayor of the City of Markham; Maurizio Bevilacqua, Board Vice Chair and
Mayor of the City of Vaughan; Jeff Lehman, Board Member and Mayor of
the City of Barrie; Brian Bentz, President and CEO; Dennis Nolan, EVP
Corporate Services and Campaign Co-chair as well as Bill Schmidt, VP,
Information Services and Campaign Co-chair, presented a cheque to
representatives from both United Way organizations including Daniele
Zanotti, CEO and Carmen Clayton, Campaign Manager from York Region as
well as Rosslyn Junke, Campaign Manager for Greater Simcoe County.
Since 2004, PowerStream and its predecessor utilities have donated more
than $1,000,000 to the United Way.
"During the holiday season, the most rewarding gift is the gift of
giving. I am proud to acknowledge that PowerStream employees exhibit
this behavior year round, continuously helping those in need through a
variety of United Way-focused initiatives," commented Mayor Scarpitti.
"Our employees have once again demonstrated a tremendous understanding
of what it means to give back to the communities in which we live, work
"We understand and appreciate the importance of providing a helping hand
to those who are less fortunate," added Bentz. "As a leader in
corporate social responsibility, we understand and appreciate the
importance of providing a helping hand and our employee-driven United
Way campaign is a perfect example of how we achieve this."
PowerStream's United Way campaign kicks off each year with the company's
annual charity golf tournament in September. In 2013, the tournament
alone generated over $93,000 for the campaign. Other funds were raised
through payroll deductions, weekly "Jean Days", an internal silent
auction, 50/50 draws and corporate matching.
Participation by PowerStream employees in other annual charitable
activities includes the Heart & Stroke Foundation's Big Bike, Princess Margaret Hospital's Ride to Conquer Cancer and three annual food and toy drives in support of local food banks.
PowerStream is a community-owned energy company providing power and
related services to more than 360,000 customers residing or owning a
business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in
Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham
ABOUT THE UNITED WAY YORK REGION
Established in 1976, United Way York Region is a registered charity
uniting people and resources to improve our communities. United Way
identifies community priorities and works with partners to take action,
supporting a network of 100 critical programs across the region's nine
ABOUT THE UNITED WAY OF GREATER SIMCOE COUNTY
United Way is one of the largest non-government sources of social
service funding in Simcoe County. Over 80% of funds donated to United
Way of Greater Simcoe County are raised in the workplace, most through
payroll deduction programs. More than 150 employers in Simcoe County
support their community through United Way.
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Image with caption: "PowerStream presents $180,000 cheque to the United Way. From (L-R), United Way Officials Daniele Zanotti, CEO, York Region; Carmen Clayton, Campaign Manager; Rosslyn Junke Campaign Manager, Greater Simcoe County; PowerStream Officials Maurizio Bevilaqua, Vice Chair; Jeff Lehman, Director; Frank Scarpitti, Chair; Dennis Nolan, EVP, Corporate Services; Bill Schmidt, VP, Information Services and Brian Bentz, President and CEO. (CNW Group/Power Stream Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131218_C5614_PHOTO_EN_35123.jpg
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