2017 Campaign Begins
The United Way of Thunder Bay kicked off the 2017 Fall Campaign this morning at the annual Campaign Breakfast, held at and sponsored by the Valhalla Inn and Maverick Entertainment. The packed room was welcomed by Campaign Co-Chairs Kelly and Mike Gallagher and their Campaign Team. The first married couple to lead the United Way Campaign, the Gallagher's said of their involvement "As this year's Campaign Co-Chairs we are acutely aware of the challenges that people face in our community. We know that 1 in 3 people receive help through a United Way Funded Program. For us, donating to the United Way Community Fund gives our family the opportunity to help other families in Thunder Bay."
Throughout the early morning event, the message of 'Do you know what your donation looks like? It looks like me.' was shared, highlighting the powerful impact your donations are making in peoples' lives. What does an entire community working together to impact lives look like? It looks like Jase, the United Way event's powerful guest speaker. Jase Watford is an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. He is resilient, and has overcome abuse, mental illness, addictions and homelessness. At the Campaign Breakfast, Jase showed strength through vulnerability, and by sharing his story with the audience he showed that people really can move from poverty to possibility. His is a story of an entire community network pulling together for change. It truly demonstrates how the United Way of Thunder Bay and the people of our city come together for those in need.