2017 United Way KFLA Campaign Reaches $3.5 Million Goal

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The United Way of KFL&A announced yesterday that the annual campaign goal of $3.5 million – the highest in the agency’s 75-year history – has been reached.

As announced at the Campaign Touchdown Breakfast Thursday morning, $3,504,001 was raised by the United Way, including money already received as well as donations that are not in yet but traditionally come in December. The United Way continues to accept donations from workplaces wrapping up their fundraising events as well as from individuals planning their giving to coincide with the holidays.

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“It was a lot of fun to be a part of the campaign here in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington. I am very proud of what our community was able to accomplish, and want people to know their donation makes a huge difference; that every dollar counts,” said 2017 campaign chair Pat Murphy in a release. “It is incredible to see the donations come in from individuals and employees. This is an amazing effort by volunteers and staff in our community and I am proud of what they have achieved.”

Mayor Bryan Paterson attended the breakfast event to announce $800,000 — half of the profits from this year’s Kingston Penitentiary Tours — will be added to the $3.5 million to support United Way’s community youth homelessness initiative.

Now having concluded its second year, the pen tours – organized by St. Lawrence Parks Commission in partnership with Correctional Service Canada – contributed $322,000 and it too was donated to the youth homelessness initiative in addition to pilot programs to help youth at risk in Kingston and area.

“We are very grateful to receive this support,” said Murphy. “The KP Tour money, through the United Way’s youth homelessness initiative, will once again make a difference in the lives of vulnerable youth.”