19 Wing supports United Way

The Workplace Charitable Campaign fundraiser is an opportunity for members of 19 Wing to contribute to the local community.

COL. JIM BENNINGER presents a cheque to Brad Bayly

COL. JIM BENNINGER presents a cheque to Brad Bayly

The Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (United Way) fundraiser is an opportunity for members of 19 Wing to contribute to the local community.

The 2011 campaign was a great success.

This year, 19 Wing’s United Way campaign was led by Warrant Officers Guylaine Plamondon and Connie Stevens who, together with the members of 19 Wing, raised $28,302.05. The Wing’s contribution made up almost 15 percent of the Comox Valley United Way’s 2011 goal of $200,000.

Military and civilian members on the Wing individually donated a considerable portion of the money raised.

Numerous special events were organized such as the 19 Wing United Way kickoff party, 19 Air Maintenance Squadron’s 13th annual pancake breakfast, a Wing recycle bin, a potluck and bake sale, a chili cookoff, a Spin-a-Thon and the 19 Wing second annual run to name just a few.

Military members were also authorized to dress in civilian clothes, for a small donation, on Casual Fridays. 19 Wing thanks Quality Foods and Extra Foods for their donations of food to support  these events.

“I thank 19 Wing members for their fantastic support of this year’s United Way drive,” said Col. Jim Benninger, 19 Wing commander. “It is wonderful that these funds go back into supporting the community to which we are so proud to belong.”

Because many people in the Comox Valley are touched by at least one of the several agencies supported by the Comox Valley United Way, the importance of this drive cannot be overstated. 19 Wing members are committed to their community throughout the year, be it fundraising for the United Way or other charitable causes to volunteering.

The Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign was established by the Government of Canada, in conjunction with the United Way and Health Partners as a way of co-ordinating all local federal departments in their fundraising initiatives.

— 19 Wing Comox