Winnipeggers have donated or pledged just over $20 million to the United Way in 2013, a milestone achievement that was celebrated by hundreds of community, business, labour and political leaders at an upbeat and energy-filled event at the Victoria Inn.
2013 Campaign Chair and Birchwood Automotive Group President Steve Chipman was joined by the people whose stories were featured in this year’s campaign, including Cassandra Gagne, Bill Henry, Mike & Lani Zastre, Ken Mason and Caitlynn Stranger to reveal the historic achievement.
Historic United Way achievements are a family tradition: it was Steve’s father, Robert M. Chipman, who chaired the campaign in the mid-70’s that took United Way past the $4 million mark for the first time.
“I have met so many people whose lives have been changed for the better and some of them are here with me tonight,” Chipman said. “We are all proud to be part of a community that realizes we are stronger together.”
The money Winnipeggers raise through United Way of Winnipeg’s annual campaign supports an essential network of programs and services that tens of thousands of people rely on each year. United Way is the only organization, apart from government, to provide multi-year core funding, supporting and strengthening more than 100 interdependent programs, partnerships and agencies across Winnipeg.