College donates more than $34K to the United Way


Pictured (from left) at the President’s Holiday Reception, NC president Dan Patterson joins United Way Campaign co-chairs Gary Torraville and Greg Medulun in presenting a cheque for $34,340.50 to representatives from the United Way Brittany Dobrin (campaign associate) and Tamara Coleman-Lawrie (executive director, United Way South Niagara).

Niagara College continued its tradition of strong support for the community with a $34,340.50 donation to the United Way South Niagara.

The funds were raised as part of the College’s 2017 NC Cares United Way Campaign. The annual campaign kicks off each Niagara Day – held for employees in August prior to the fall semester start – and wraps up at the end of the year at the President’s Holiday Reception.

Campaign co-chairs Greg Medulun and Gary Torraville were pleased with the success of the campaign and thanked all of those who contributed for their generosity.

“Our College’s support for the United Way is a testament to our dedication to the Niagara community,” said Medulun, VP of External Relations. “We are proud to be a long-time supporter of the United Way, which plays a critical role in assisting the residents of Niagara.”

“We thank each individual who generously contributed to this campaign – from those who pledged donations and supported fundraising events, to those who donated time to serve on the campaign, and led fundraising initiatives,” said Torraville, assistant dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “Our collective effort will have a major impact on the lives of others.”

Since the College launched its campaign to support the United Way in 1991, almost $750,000 has been raised for the charitable organization. Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, executive director of the United Way South Niagara, noted that Niagara College continues to be among its strongest employee campaigns in the community, which helps them raise more than $5 million for local programs each year.

“We are so grateful to have the dedication and leadership from Niagara College and their staff through the United Way campaign,” said Coleman-Lawrie.  “The support we receive each and every year, helps to fund more than 118 life-changing programs and services that help the most vulnerable people in Niagara achieve success. Without the support from Niagara College, this simply would not be possible.”

How we did it

Funds were raised by staff and faculty pledges and revenue from a variety of campaign fundraising initiatives including:

  • The best Niagara Day campaign launch in College history which raised $23,787;
  • Poinsettia and lip balm sales at the NC Greenhouse;
  • Bench To Go Coffee Drives –  held for a week in October, November and December;
  • A pancake breakfast held at the Welland Campus cafeteria;
  • Bench To Go’s Oktoberfest lunch sales;
  • The ncLibraries Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 31 and
  • Research and Innovation’s walk challenge.

Weekly and grand prize draws

In addition to giving to a good cause, campaign supporters had an opportunity to win a variety of prizes, including four Grand Prizes: Niagara Helicopter Ride for Two, Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour for Four Guests, Six-Month College Parking Pass (non-transferable), and a $200 Gift Certificate for Benchmark.

A list of weekly and Grand Prize winners is available on the campaign page here.

The United Way Campaign Committee thanks all of its generous supporters.

The United Way raises funds throughout the community that are invested in local community programs and services to help the lives of people and create positive change. One in three Niagara residents use a program or service that is funded by the United Way.

In January 2018, The United Way announced its plans to amalgamate all three of its independent organizations in Niagara – South Niagara, St. Catharines and District, and Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie – into one United Way for the Niagara region by spring 2018. Visit



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