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United Way campaign a record-breaker

The annual fundraising campaign of United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin has exceeded its goal by almost $90,000.
A record-breaking $3,287,736 was raised during this year’s three-month campaign, it was announced Saturday just before the start of a Guelph Storm game at the Sleeman Centre.
“It’s been a roller-coaster ride to reach our goal this year,” United Way campaign chair Jim Jarrell said in a news release.
“Once again, our corporate partners and donors have stepped up to the challenge, showing incredible kindness,” he said. “Raising almost $90,000 over the goal set in September shows the commitment and generosity of everyone involved in the United Way campaign.”
Funds raised by United Way support more than 80 local social service programs that hundreds of people turn to every day.
“We have seen a $371,000 increase in requests for funding this year,” United Way executive director Ken Dardano said in the release. “With this four per cent increase over the amount raised in campaign 2011, we can invest even more in local programs. Every dollar donated really does count.”
The $3.29-million total announced Saturday is based on received and pledged dollars, with some workplace campaigns continuing over the holidays, the release said.
More than 200 workplaces take part in the campaign, and more than 7,000 donors contribute to United Way annually.
Eleven hundred people volunteered with United Way throughout the three-month campaign.

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