September 07, 2017

We are all Calgary at United Way's annual Kickoff!

Thousands of Calgarians rallied in support of United Way of Calgary and Area as we launched our annual fundraising campaign today. Our new President & CEO, Karen Young, rallied citizens to get involved in the campaign.

“Last year 34,000 people donated funding and positively impacted 178,000 Calgarians. Those who love our city can truly change it. This year, we are asking the same generous individuals to continue their support for programs and services that are essential to this city, but we are further challenging the rest of Calgary to be inspired by the collective impact so few made for so many. Calgary, imagine what we will be able to achieve when we all work together.”

The celebration began with a colourful parade of more than 2,000 Calgarians, led by Karen and our campaign co-chairs, Manjit Minhas and Rich Kruger. The Grand Entry featured Elder Randy Bottle, surrounded by First Nations dancers and drummers. Participants showed their community spirit in bright costumes and company t-shirts as they paraded to Olympic Plaza where celebrations continued with entertainment and inspirational addresses.

Thank you to everyone who joined us today to support this year's campaign!

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