Scotch provides big boost to United Way goal

A little Scotch went a long way towards United Way Central Alberta reaching 77 per cent of its fundraising goal.

A little Scotch went a long way towards United Way Central Alberta reaching 77 per cent of its fundraising goal.

The campaign has $1,536,057, thanks to generous supporters. This includes $10,000 raised in just three hours during United Way’s second annual St. Andrew’s Day Celebration held on Monday.

Bison skewers were offered, and bagpipers announced presenters during this sold-out Scotch tasting event.

“Not only are people coming for a great cause, but they are able to share their passion and knowledge of Scotch, not to mention a few laughs and some very memorable moments,” said Buck Buchanan, 2012 volunteer campaign co-chair.

The event also gave United Way campaign organizers a chance to talk about the Leadership Matching Challenge, which matches any new or increased gifts of $1,000 or more.

John Knoch, campaign co-chair, said this was the last big community event for the United Way campaign season.

“For the next three weeks, we will focus on bringing in the remainder of the campaign goal,” said Knoch.

“We hope anyone that has not yet made their pledge, will do so right now. We need everyone’s help to hit the target this year.”

The United Way campaign will provide consistent dollars to more than 30 programs and services throughout Central Alberta.

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