Community rallies together once again: United Way Halton & Hamilton celebrates local heroes at annual Evening of Celebration

HALTON & HAMILTON, Friday, March 31, 2023 – During last night’s Evening of Celebration, held for the first time in person since 2019, United Way Halton & Hamilton honoured community donors and partners following a fundraising campaign that raised a total of $11,000,000.

Energy was high at the Burlington Convention Centre, where over 600 attendees came together. Local leaders, labour partners, supportive companies, and dedicated non-profit agencies from across Halton and Hamilton celebrated the power of community as this year’s fundraising campaign came to a close.

Over the past year, United Way donors, partners and volunteers stood together, giving graciously in support of essential programs and services that over 205,000 people rely on to help rebuild their lives. The dedication shown by this community in support of our most vulnerable friends and neighbours was embodied in a night of awards, messages of hope and reflection over a challenging year.

“Supporters of United Way continue to showcase their commitment to helping people. It is so inspiring to see how unwavering this community is,” stated Brad Park, president and CEO of United Way Halton & Hamilton. “The Local Love displayed has been immense. During a year where non-profits have struggled, we are happy that new and existing donors show their care and support for the people who rely on important local programs for their health and safety.”

The night’s virtual event was hosted Canadian television personality, Elissa Lansdell, with an appearance by Ryan Packer, Vice President, Canadian Commercial Banking at BMO and United Way Halton & Hamilton’s 2022 Campaign Cabinet Chair.

As the evening closed, United Way Halton & Hamilton announced that this year’s campaign has raised $11M for community.

“The funds raised thanks to the people and organizations from our community will absolutely have a huge impact on the investments we make to local agencies that provide critical services to local people in need. The work being done across Halton and Hamilton, together, continues to be incredibly inspiring to us all,” said Park.

Funds raised are invested into 106 local programs that help people move closer to food security, more mental health supports to help cope with daily challenges and for local youth to have a better, brighter future.

Throughout the evening, United Way presented the Step Up for the Community Award, The Game Changer Award, Leading the Way Award, Champions of Change, Inspiring Local Love Award, the Joint Union Management Award and the Leading the Way: Philanthropist Award, in recognition of the deep impact this community has made thanks to their generosity over the past year.

A list of all award winners will be published on March 31,2023 here:

This year’s Impact Video will be made available following the Evening of Celebration on March 31, 2023:

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