Left to right: MP Phil McColeman, Mayor Kevin Davis, James Boughner, The James F. Boughner Foundation, Lance Calbeck, Lance & Mark Calbeck and Calbeck Investments Inc., Dave Levac, 2020 Campaign Co-Chair, Paul Williamson, 2020 Campaign Co-Chair and donor on behalf of Paul and Margot Williamson and Darin Cleary on behalf of Millards Chartered Professional Accountants.
Last year the Brant United Way raised $1,361,035 to help local organizations touch the lives of people in our community. Unfortunately, COVID-19 poses a substantial threat to the 2020 fundraising efforts.
Determined to set an example and inspire others to help during a challenging year, four area individuals and organizations have made kickoff donations totalling $100,000.
At the launch of the 2020 campaign last week, Brant United Way received $25,000 donations from the James F. Boughner Foundation, Paul and Margot Williamson, Lance Calbeck representing Calbeck Investments Inc., and Millards Chartered Professional Accountants.
Darin Cleary, Millards’ Brantford Partner says that the Brant United Way is facing unique hardships this year as a result of the pandemic.
“Brant United Way funds local, essential services but COVID-19 has forced member agencies to cancel the fundraising events that they traditionally rely on. We need to come together as a community and leverage our passion and imagination to ensure a successful 2020 campaign, in spite of the pandemic.”
Millards Chartered Professional Accountants is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year built on a foundation of dedication to community. Cleary believes that his firm and Brant United Way share a similar vision.
“Millards Chartered Professional Accountants has always been a strong supporter of the communities we serve. The United Way has shared with us their goal to focus on charities that have a strong local presence and we fully support that initiative.”
This year’s Brant United Way campaign is being co-chaired by retired businessmen and philanthropist Paul Williamson along with past Brant MPP, Dave Levac. Also at the launch event was Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis, Brantford-Brant MP Phil McColeman, Brantford Councillor, John Utley and Milan Novakovic representing Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma.
According to an Expositor article following the recent launch event, Davis made an impassioned plea to the community to get behind the Brant United Way 2020 campaign stressing, “our community is experiencing the kind of crisis we haven’t seen in decades.”
While meeting the 2020 campaign target will require new ideas and a concerted effort, Cleary is optimistic.
“We have an incredible community and I’m confident that we can rise to the occasion. We are resilient and innovative and I believe that community leaders, local business and motivated citizens will find new ways to raise the funds needed to support Brant United Way and its member agencies.”
Cleary points to the Brant United Way Giant Warehouse Store as an example of the community innovating to save an important fundraising opportunity.
“The organizers of the sale have introduced major changes and modifications to the event but now the event can continue safely.”
The event which runs from Oct. 6th to 25th, sold out within hours of tickets going on sale.
“Millards Chartered Professional Accountants has been a long time supporter of the Brant United Way. We believe strongly in their mandate and we applaud their accomplishments. We’re encouraging our clients, corporate friends and local businesses to give Brant United Way special consideration this year to help them meet their targets and deliver the invaluable services that make a difference in our community.”