Record-breaking year for NC’s United Way Campaign, more than $43,000 raised


College president Dan Patterson (middle) and United Way Campaign co-chairs Gary Torraville (second left) and Lesley Calvin (second right) present a ‘cheque’ to United Way of South Niagara representatives Stephanie Turton and Tamara Coleman-Lawrie NC’s President’s Holiday Reception December 14. By the time the campaign wrapped up at the end of 2016, the amount raised increased to a total of $43,763.

The ‘NC Cares in a United Way’ campaign has lived up to its name for 2016.

The College wrapped up this year’s United Way Campaign exceeding its $40,000 fundraising goal, donating $43,763 to the United Way of South Niagara. Funds were presented to the United Way of South Niagara at the President’s Holiday Reception on December 14.

“United Way is thrilled to have Niagara College, its faculty and students engaged as our community partner,” said Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, executive director of the United Way of South Niagara. “The generosity of the College and the many donors is inspiring, and we are so grateful to have Niagara College as one of our long-time supporters. Funds raised will support  one in three people in Niagara and fund more than 40 local programs and services.”

Campaign co-chairs Lesley Calvin and Gary Torraville said they were overwhelmed and impressed by the generosity of the NC community.

“From the students wanting to get involved and help with campaign initiatives, to the donations pledged by staff and students, to the departments that dreamed up and lead fundraising events, and the staff that donated their precious time to serve on the campaign, there were so many layers of generosity,” said Calvin, manager, Student Engagement, Academic Advisement and Career Services. “It just goes to show in more and more ways the true and caring nature of the Niagara College community.”

“We continue to show tremendous support for the United Way and the critical role they play in so many lives in the Niagara region,” said Torraville, associate dean of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “I am proud of the work and effort put forward by the committee and all the volunteers who helped make the fundraising events and activities such a success.”

Funds were raised by staff and faculty pledges and revenue from a variety of campaign fundraising initiatives since the campaign kicked off at Niagara Day in August. Highlights from this year’s campaign included:

• WTF Trivia Night, hosted by Niagara Research, which raised $2,071;

• Peninsula Hoop Classic, hosted by NC Knights and Athletics, which raised $2,000;

• Cut-a-thons, hosted by Hairstyling students and faculty, which raised $2,000;

• Chef Olaf’s Pop-up Kitchen, hosted by chef professors Olaf Mertens and Tony de Luca, which raised $1,422;

• BBAH Charity Luncheon, hosted by BBAH students and faculty, which raised $891;

• Stollen Bread Sale, hosted by chef Karen Schoenrank and the NC Baking Club, which raised $800.

• Chartwells Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Chartwells at the Welland Campus, which raised $485; and

• Library Spook-tacular, hosted by the NC Libraries, which raised $100.

Representatives from the College’s United Way Campaign thanked its prize donors including GoodLife Fitness, Lifemark Physiotherapy Fonthill, The Smokin’ Buddah, NC Teaching Winery and Brewery, NC Teaching Greenhouse, NC Teaching Spa, Niagara Research, Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership, Niagara Tiger Cats, and Gloss Salon.

“Thank you to all that helped us not only meet but exceed our campaign goal,” said Calvin.

Niagara College is a long-time supporter of the United Way. Last year, the United Way of South Niagara honoured NC with a 2015 Workplace Campaign of the Year Award, for its leadership and dedication to the community, after donating $42,629 for the 2015 Campaign.

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