United Way campaign hits milestone.

Winnipeg Free Press, Thursday February 23, 2012. Reproduced with permission.
By: Staff Writer. Photo: Ruth Bonneville.

Despite personal struggle after a fire destroyed Edward Kennedy’s home in December, the 2011 Winnipeg United Way campaign chairman led a team of volunteers to raise the charity’s largest community investment ever.

Debra & Mary at the Plessis Family Resource Centre.

Debra Merrick (left) and Mary Chiengkou hand out lunches last November at the Plessis Family Resource Centre, which is just one of many programs offered at the centre that is funded through United Way.

The 2011 campaign, which wrapped up Wednesday, raised $19.7 million – $750,000 more than last year.

“Together, we raised an incredible $19.7 million,” Kennedy told more than 700 volunteers, partners, supporters and staff who gathered at the Victoria Inn Wednesday evening to celebrate the achievement.

“(That) money will mean we can do more for more people right here in Winnipeg.”

The money goes toward 100 programs run by partner agencies of the United Way that address the issues of poverty, violence, addiction and crime within the city.

Edward Kennedy is also CEO of The North West Company.

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