United Way raises over $93,000 for community programs

Photo:  United Way volunteers show off part of the total raised during their 2009 campaign – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca

By Adam Reaburn

The local United Way held its annual Campaign and Community Impact Celebration Tuesday afternoon at the Whole Wheat ‘n’ Honey Cafe.

Chair of the 2010 Fort St. John Campaign Cabinet James Wickstrom hosted the ceremonies. He says despite the ailing economy, businesses and residents of Fort St. John remain generous in their donations. Of the donations received in 2009, half came from corporate donations and the other half came from workplace campaigns.

The celebrations kicked off with an awards ceremony to honor businesses and groups who donated to United Way throughout the year. Following the awards the United Way announced they had raised just over $93,000 for services in Fort St. John.

That number is only $4,000 off of last years total of $97,000. The money will stay in Fort St. John will go to support programs like the Peer Support Program from the BC Paraplegic Association and the North Peace Community Resource Society Mother Goose and Family Place programs.

In all of Northern BC, the United Way was able to raise $760,460. 

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