2007 Campaign highlights

United Way Toronto welcomes new workplace campaigns

United Way Toronto would like to welcome new and returning organizational partners that ran employee workplace campaigns in 2007. Collectively, these supporters raised $167,553, which will go a long way to help build a better city for us all.

  • Blair Franklin Capital Partners Inc.
  • OMERS Capital Partners
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Interward Asset Management Ltd.
  • Custom House Currency Exchange
  • Crown Property Management
  • Adair Morse LLP
  • Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Kodak Canada Inc.
  • Applied Physics Specialties an L3 Communications Company
  • Innovapost
  • Torstar Digital
  • Thomson Financial Canada

Scotiabank celebrates a victorious campaign

Rick Waugh presents a $6.6 million cheque to United Way

Scotiabank announced a $6.6 million contribution to United Way Toronto from the Bank's employee campaign, as they celebrated this victory at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Scotiabank's 2007 fundraising campaign included an employee contribution of $5 million and a corporate gift of $1.6 million. The campaign contributed to the largest-ever United Way Toronto fundraising achievement of $108.1 million.

"Scotiabank's employee contribution continues to demonstrate the ongoing commitment, spirit and enthusiasm that our employees share in supporting the communities in which we live and work," said Rick Waugh, President and CEO, Scotiabank. "I am proud of their generosity and dedication to fundraising andvolunteering for United Way Toronto. Our employees have shown us that we can really make a difference."

"Scotiabank led another extraordinary fundraising campaign in 2007," said Susan McIsaac, Vice-President, Resource Development, United Way Toronto. "United Way is grateful to Scotiabank and its employees for their outstanding commitment and dedication to building a better city for us all. Their generosity provides support to United Way's network of 200 health and social service agencies, enabling United Way to continue to maximize its impact across Toronto."

Xerox celebrates a successful campaign

Xerox presents cheque to United Way

Xerox's successful campaign had a 19% increase in their participation. They increased their results by engaging their employees with Agency Speakers and recruiting more volunteers to canvass their offices. On hand to present United Way with their employee campaign proceeds were (left to right) Xerox President & CEO Kevin Warren, United Way's Allison Sharpe, and Campaign Co-Chairs Karen Sellers and John Wayling.

TDBFG's annual Charitable Giving Campaign

TD cheque presentation

TD Canada Trust’s SVP of Retail Strategy and Solutions, Cathy Backman(centre) and her 2007 Ambassador team present a cheque for $54,750.93 to United Way Toronto as part of TDBFG's annual Charitable Giving Campaign. The group hosted a number of events throughout the campaign that clearly put the 'fun' in fundraising.

BMO employees contribute to United Way through the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation

BMO Nesbitt Burns present a cheque for $430,000 to United Way Toronto

Dan Ryan, Chair, BMO Nesbitt Burns Allocations – Ontario (second from left) and Heather Baird, Chair, BMO Employee Charitable Foundation – Ontario (second from right) present United Way staff with a cheque for $430,000 from the employees of the BMO group of companies who contributed directly to United Way through the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation.

Santa helps Toronto Police Services deliver their fundraising news

Toronto Police present cheque to United Way

December 12, 2007 - Santa repelled from the top storey of the Toronto Police headquarters atrium, decending on the crowd below. The gift he was delivering was the news of the Toronto Police Services fundraising for United Way—$585,000! On behalf of the Toronto Police Service, Staff Superintendent Tony Corrie presented the cheque to Susan McIssac of United Way Toronto. Also in attendance for the official presentation were Toronto Police Services Board chair Dr. Alok Mukherjee, Toronto Police Association President Dave Wilson and Senior Officers’ Organization president Staff Superintendent Mike Federico.

AON Consulting's Guitar Heros

Aon Consulting staff play Guitar Hero for United Way

December 11, 2007 - Who knew that dressing like a rock star and playing video games was so good for our city? Aon Consulting transformed their boardroom into a jam space to raise funds for their United Way campagin. The transformation from consultant to guitar hero was all for a great cause. Rock on!

Manulife Exec's get slam dunked, while United Idol rocks!

Manulife executive dunk tank

A long time tradition during the Manulife United Way campaign is the Executive Dunk Tank. Normally a popular event during their opening BBQ, it was cancelled this year due to rain—but that didn't keep the Executives dry! They brought back the dunk tank mid-campaign during the United Way Market which featured over 40 vendors. Each vendor donated a prize or a portion of their sales back to our United Way Campaign. The weather was warm and sunny but the dunk tank was still a cool dip for the unlucky contestants!

Manulife United Idol

This year Manulife closed out their campaign with Septemberfest—Hawaiian style! Featuring mini-car racing, hula dancing, limbo, casino games and musical entertainment by Retro Session and United Idol. Over 300 employees attended to take in the entertainment and to see our final campaign results revealed.

George Brown College fights for United Way

Spice Girls reunion tour stops at CCH for United Way

CCH Spice Girls

Tell me what you want, what you really really want! CCH Canadian Limited wanted a spectacular campaign this year—and they got it! With a variety of original events, including CCH Idol and Deal or No Deal, CCH raised over $46,000—just under $93,000 with the corporate match. Campaign highlights included the CCH Executive Committee (above) performimg as the Spice Girls (plus one extra Scary Spice) and Howie Mandel (a.k.a. CCH President Ian Rhind) (below) with five models, bringing game show fun to the office.

CCH Deal or No Deal

State Street Celebrates Success

State Street

November 20, 2007 - A thank you celebration recognized the efforts of more than 40 canvassers who far exceeded their campagin goal. This year, State Street employees raised $149,000!

Blaney McMurtry strikes an 80's pose for United Way campagin

To correspond with their 2007 campaign goal of $80,000, Blaney McMurtry chose the 80's as their campaign theme. The lively campaign kicked off with a pancake breakfast and wrapped up with an 80's party complete with period costumes, karaoke and trivia. To date, Blaney McMurtry has raised over $40,000.

The York School makes (many) dollars from cents

The York School proved the old saying: take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves. The students raised more than $1,000 with a penny drive, part of a successful campaign, which raised a total of $4,832! Way to go York School.

Deloitte wraps up another stellar United Way campaign

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Over 150 Deloitte "Fun-raisers", United Way Steering Committee members and Functional Champions joined in celebration today to recognize their 2007 United Way campaign achievements. Concluding festivities was the presentation of Deloitte's cheque by Managing Partner and Chief Executive Alan MacGibbon (center).

Alan MacGibbon announced, "Deloitte passionately believes in United Way. The energy, enthusiasm and fun that our people bring to our campaign each year defines Deloitte and demonstrates our strong belief in giving back to our community. It is with incredible pride that I forward to United Way this cheque for $1,550,273.95 from our campaign."

On hand to join the keenly anticipated unveiling of their successful canvass was Frances Lankin, United Way Toronto President and CEO, and Tim Penner, Chair, 2007 Campaign.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unbelievable generosity of time and money. You have set a wonderful standard for any industry to aspire to," exclaimed Tim Penner.

Francis Lankin concluded by saying, "You are helping to build better lives and a better city for all of us and I thank you so very much. Without you there truly would be no way."

Procter & Gamble Retirees Luncheon for United Way

Procter & Gamble Retirees Luncheon for United Way

Tim Penner—president of Procter & Gamble and 2007 United Way Campaign Chair—welcomes retirees to the October luncheon.

Procter & Gamble Retirees Luncheon for United Way

Ron Marcella (HR Manager), Gord Meyer (P&G UW Campaign Chair), Sandy Rigby (Retiree) and Dave McKenzie (Retiree).

McCarthy-Tétrault lawyers & staff behind bars for a cause

McCarthy Tetrault Jail and Bail event

McCarthy-Tétrault held a wildly successful "Jail & Bail" event as part of their United Way campaign. Both lawyers and staff volunteered to be "jailed" and an auction was held to raise their bail. To date, the campaign has raised $550,000.

Osler Street Fair celebrates our city's culinary diversity

Osler Kick Off Lunch

Osler's campaign theme of "My United Way" was kicked-off with a lunch and street fair of food from neighbourhoods across Toronto-Danforth, Spadina, Gerard St and Blue Jays Way. The event illustrates that United Way is everywhere in Toronto and touches everyone who lives and/or works in our city.

TSX Group launches its 2007 United Way Campaign

United Way campaign opens the TSX

Monday, September 24, 2007 - Richard Nesbitt, CEO of TSX Group and Richard Venn, Senior Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development, CIBC, Managing Director and Deputy Chairman, CIBC World Markets Inc., opened the markets today to launch the TSX Group 2007 United Way campaign. They are joined by staff assisting with the Toronto United Way campaign. TSX Group supports the United Way in each of the cities where it operates - Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Markham, Toronto and Montreal. This year the United Way Toronto has a goal to raise $108 million.

United Way Campaign launches at Dundas Square

More than 1,000 Torontonians from across the city joined Chinese lion dancers, drummers, hip hop artists, break dancers and others at Dundas Square today to help United Way Toronto launch its record-breaking $108 million fundraising campaign for 2007, one of the largest in North America. Read the media release.

CIBC Day of Caring® at the Jane & Finch Boys & Girls Club

CIBC Day of Caring®

On June 22, 2007, an enthusiastic team of CIBC employees rolled up their sleeves to transform an old garage into a youth centre. The space was donated to the Jane & Finch Boys & Girls Club, but it was in need of cleaning and painting. The CIBC team joined forces, making a difference in their community.

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