HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT OF $113.2-MILLION COMPLETES WEEK OF MILESTONES FOR UNITED WAY

Record achievement follows opening of fourth United Way community hub in Weston Mt. Dennis and release of ground-breaking United Way study

TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - People in every corner of Toronto came together with remarkable commitment and unparalleled generosity to build resiliency in our city, at a time when our community continues to recover from a devastating recession, said United Way Toronto President and CEO, Susan McIssac. The charity announced a record fundraising achievement of $113.2-million on Thursday.

United Way Toronto's 2010 campaign surpassed the $113-million goal it set in September by $200,000.

"Our community has been through one of the most challenging times in our history, and many people in our city continue to turn to United Way for support," said McIsaac. "In a stunning demonstration of compassion and caring, the people of Toronto answered our call, recognizing that unites us is far more powerful than what divides us. Tonight, we're here to thank everyone, from the bottom of our hearts, for their efforts to build a better city for us all."

McIsaac was joined by United Way Campaign Chair, Ed Clark, Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group.

"What a tremendous accomplishment," said Clark. "The campaign's record-breaking fundraising result truly underscores the fact that together we can do great things. On behalf of the Campaign Cabinet, I want to thank you for your generosity and commitment in making Toronto a better, safer, more compassionate city for all."

McIsaac noted that tonight's event capped a week of achievements for United Way pointing to the agency's release of its latest research study, Poverty by Postal Code 2: Vertical Poverty and the opening of The Jane St. Hub in Mt. Dennis. The Hub is the fourth of eight United Way hubs planned for the inner suburbs.

"Our campaign is a reminder that Toronto truly is a special place. Our city is home to thousands of people who care deeply about their community," said McIsaac. "There is still a lot at stake for many people in Toronto, and the unwavering generosity and dedication of countless donors and volunteers will mean that United Way is there to support the community through tough times."

Matt Galloway, CBC Broadcaster and host of Toronto's number one morning show, Metro Morning, hosted the dinner held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The money raised during the 2010 Campaign will continue to provide stable funding to United Way's network of agencies across Toronto and will also support United Way's long-term efforts to strengthen the inner suburbs through its Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy.

Established in 1956, United Way Toronto is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city. Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to address the root causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better. United Way supports agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals, families, and communities.


SOURCE United Way Toronto

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