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United Way column for Saturday, August 6, 2022
It is back, the Enbridge United Way classic car show.
“We are delighted to partner again with Enbridge, who has brought back the classic car show in support of United Way of Sarnia-Lambton,” said Vicky Ducharme, 2022 Campaign Chair.
The car show will take place on the lawn of the Western Ontario Research Park off Modleand Road on Saturday, September 10, from 9 AM until 2 PM.  Registration is on the day of the event, and in addition to the classic cars and other vehicles, there will be a barbecue, 50-50 draw, a raffle for Dewalt tools, and other family friendly events.
“We are so appreciative of Enbridge, for all that they do for us in the community, and certainly of all the Enbridge employees, retirees, and their families. This car show could not take place if it weren’t for the solid commitment from everyone involved at Enbridge, and we want them to know that we appreciate their support and hard work,” said Ducharme. 
Ducharme pointed out that there are a lot of traditional United Way campaign activities returning this fall.
“More of our industrial employee campaigns are returning to barbecues and other traditional fund-raising and awareness events, and many have already started to set up in-house presentations.  We are have also arranged to speak to at least two retiree groups so far,” she said.
“We have found that employee presentations at the refineries and industry, retail stores, banks, schools and elsewhere really have an impact on contributions to the United Way. 
Ducharme said that agency tours are also being planned once again for workplace campaign volunteers.
Ducharme added that the employees want to know how the United Way impacts poverty reduction, provides children and youth the tools and skills they need to make right choices in life, and what programs and services the United Way funds to assist those suffering from mental illness, and enables seniors to able to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.
Ducharme was excited about the popular summer campaign with Top Shelf Canada, the makers of Front Street Heat and Front Street Fire hot sauces.  Top Shelf Canada is donating one dollar from every bottle sold in Sarnia-Lambton to the United Way all summer long.
Ducharme wanted to thank not only Top Shelf Canada, but all of the participating vendors, as many of whom are matching that initial contribution, and having other promotions to help raise awareness and support for the United Way Sarnia-Lambton. “There is a long list of local businesses who are participating on the promotion, not just to sell the hot sauce, but are either matching the donation of $1 for each bottle, but some have offered the hot sauce on sale to encourage more sales, and others have added special in-house to raise awareness and more money.” 
Ducharme highlighted ODS Printing who generously donated all of the signage for all of the retail stores, businesses, and restaurants who are participating in this made in Sarnia activity.
The United Way will announce its 2022 Fundraising needs target later this month.
Ducharme said the fundraising has already begun.  United Way has already mailed hundreds of direct mail and unaddressed mail to the community, and for the first time ever, the United Way targeted an email campaign specifically to those people who who donated online  through the United Way website or social media.
The annual campaign kick off will officially begin on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, the same day as the Day of Caring.

Enbridge United Way classic car show champion Matt Miller stands with Enbridge Co-worker Alex Mellis in front of his 1971 Pontiac GTO; one of hundreds of cars expected to register for this year’s Enbridge United Way classic car show on Saturday, September 10.  More information will be available at the United Way website at or call 519 336-5452