Thursday April 17, 2014

United Way surpasses goal, hits $2.1 million

'There’s still money coming in'
Murray Mitchell

United Steelworkers member Chris Desserre, centre, holds a cheque for $676,125.20, the combined contribution from Highland Valley Copper, staff and Steelworkers (Local 7619). Also in photo, in foreground, are campaign co-chair Kate Garthwaite, left, co-chair Jim McCarthy and Steelworkers representative Laura Drennan.

United Way of Thompson Cariboo Nicola surpassed its goal of raising $2 million for its programs in the region.

At a reception at TRU Thursday night, volunteers opened the final few — and major — donations, including from perennial fund-raising champion Highland Valley Copper and its workers.

United Way raised about $2,119,000 in this year’s drive.

That was headlined by a donation by Highland Valley Copper and unionized employees represented by United Steelworkers Local 7619.

Mine owner Teck Resources pledged at the kickoff breakfast in September to match employee donations to $300,000. The total donation from the company and union is up about $10,000 from 2012.

United Way spokeswoman Amber Harding said money will continue to trickle in during the next several weeks.

“Last year at this point we were only at $2.1 million. We ended up with $2.2 million. There’s still money coming in.”

The next highest donation was from Gibraltar Mine and its workers. Money raised in communities is reinvested there.

“We’ll start our investments in spring for the different communities,” she said.

The organization will advertise for non-profits to apply for funding early in 2014.

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