Niagara College raises record-setting $40000 for United Way of South Niagara

United Way South Niagara representative Deanna Pope (left) accepts a cheque from NC’s United Way co-chairs Karen McGrath (second left) and Matthew Davies (right) and college president Dan Patterson (second right) at the President’s Holiday Reception Dec. 11 2014.

The spirit of giving is strong at Niagara College.

Following the recent wrap-up of its 2014 United Way Campaign the College has donated more than $40000 to the United Way of South Niagara. The funds were raised by staff and faculty pledges and revenue from a variety of campaign fundraising initiatives since the campaign was launched in August 2014.

“We are extremely excited to have exceeded our goal. We could not have done this without the continued support from the Niagara College community” said Matthew Davies co-chair of the College’s United Way Campaign committee. “On behalf of everyone involved we are proud that the 2014 United Way campaign was the most successful in the College’s history.”

College fundraisers included a Cut-a-thon by Hairstyling students a luncheon by Bachelor of Applied Business and Hospitality students proceeds from Niagara Knights home game tickets hot beverage drives at Bench-to-Go a trivia night hosted by Niagara Research draws for prizes at the Bookstore Poinsettia sales at the NC Greenhouse pumpkin carvings from the NC Libraries and International department and more.

“Niagara College supports the community in so many ways” said Tamara Coleman-Lawrie executive director of United Way South Niagara. “We’re very grateful that the folks at Niagara College support local programs and services that help local people by giving to United Way South Niagara.”

Funds raised are spent locally in the Niagara region to support agencies programs and services for needy families and individuals [click here for a list of this year’s USWN funding recipients].

Niagara College is a long-time supporter of the United Way. In 2013 the college raised more than $38800 for the Campaign and was recognized with a Platinum Employee Award at the UWSN’s Campaign wrap-up event in March 2014.

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