United Way wrap-up lunch

Month-long cam­paign rais­ing money for the United Way con­cludes at Gar­ri­son Petawawa

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHEN UHLER

GAR­RI­SON PETAWAWA – It started with break­fast, and now it ended with lunch.

On Thurs­day at Nor­mandy Court, the month-long Gar­ri­son Petawawa Na­tional De­fence Work­place Char­i­ta­ble Cam­paign in sup­port of the Ren­frew County United Way, ended with a wrap up spaghetti lunch.

At noon, 4th Cana­dian Di­vi­sion Sup­port Group Com­man­der Col. Louis La­pointe and for­ma­tion sergeant-ma­jor Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Tom Verner took time out of their busy sched­ule to serve up lunch, show­ing their sup­port for the cause at the last of­fi­cial event of the cam­paign.

“This is one of the ways to show our care for the com­mu­nity,” Col. La­pointe said. “Tak­ing part in the United Way cam­paign touches peo­ple’s lives more ef­fec­tively, and is a great way for them to come to­gether as well.”

The 4 CDSG com­man­der said keep­ing their cam­paign on a tight month-long fo­cus is more ef­fec­tive for them, and en­sures it isn’t a drawn out af­fair.

Cpt. Is­abelle Jean, the cam­paign’s deputy chair­woman, said while the cam­paign may be over now, it isn’t re­ally done un­til all of the count­ing has been com­pleted.

She said to date, the gar­ri­son has reached 50 per cent of its $65,000 goal, but the con­tri­bu­tions of many mil­i­tary units have still not been counted as of yet, and some have asked for ex­ten­sions to com­plete that work.

“The cam­paign is over, so now the count­ing be­gins, in­clud­ing what was raised by to­day’s lunch event,” she said.

Cpt. Jean said she ex­pects they will have a to­tal fi­nal­ized by De­cem­ber.

Dur­ing the wrap up event, the win­ner of the Mega 50-50 draw was an­nounced. Lt. (Navy) Julie Nadeau re­ceived $3,500 from the draw, with the re­main­ing $3,500 go­ing to the Petawawa Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, which is a United Way agency.

The bulk of the United Way’s con­tri­bu­tions comes from work­place cam­paigns, par­tic­u­larly from Gar­ri­son Petawawa and Cana­dian Nu­clear Lab­o­ra­to­ries in Chalk River, as well as do­na­tions from ser­vice clubs, or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­nesses and United Way mem­ber agen­cies.

The Ren­frew County United Way cam­paign goal is to raise $405,000 by the touch­down event date of Dec. 10.

STEPHEN UHLER/DAILY OB­SERVER

4 CDSG Com­man­der Col. Louis La­pointe serves up spaghetti Thurs­day as part of the wrap up lun­cheon held to mark the end of the Gar­riosn Petawawa Na­tional De­fence Work­place Char­i­ta­ble Cam­paign for the United Way. A fi­nal count of all con­tri­bu­tions to the cam­paign will be cal­cu­lated by De­cem­ber.

STEPHEN UHLER/DAILY OB­SERVER

Lt. (Navy) Julie Nadeau was the win­ner of the Mega 50-50 draw. She takes home $3,500, with the other $3,500 go­ing to the Petawawa Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, which is a mem­ber agency of the Ren­frew County United Way. In the photo are, left, 4 CDSG Com­man­der Col. Louis La­pointe, Lt. (Navy) Julie Nadeau, cen­tre, and Pat Lafre­niere, Ren­frew County United Way ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

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