5th Paint the Town Red event is a record breaking success!

Paint the Town Red Group photo

5TH ANNUAL ‘PAINT THE TOWN RED’ RECORD BREAKING SUCCESS
IN SUPPORT OF UNITED WAY

 PETERBOROUGH, ON – On Wednesday July 19th, hundreds of people dined out at 32 local restaurants who donated 25% of their daily sales to support the work of United Way Peterborough & District.  Today we are stoked to announce a record breaking success both in donations and community engagement.

The event raised just over $15,000 which is a 50% increase from last year coinciding with a 50% increase in participating restaurants. The donations came in from restaurants, individual donations from customers and our newly launched Text to Give program.

But Paint the Town Red raised more than donations, it also raised community connection. The true flavour of the event was exemplified by restaurants supporting each other, businesses encouraging folks to head out to eat, workplaces coordinating team meals and friendly rivalry to see who could eat at more restaurants, all to support everyone in our community.  The infamous Red Spoon toured the vicinity throughout the day and folks were clamouring for a spoon spotting, or even better, a spoon selfie!  You could watch the day unfold through your computer or cell phone as the community of Peterborough shared their photos and experiences on various social media platforms. By using the hashtag #PaintPtboRed so frequently it was trending on Twitter across Canada all day.  For most of the day it was in the top 3 and at one point it hit the #1 trending hashtag in the Country demonstrating the powerful force of our community at large.

“Our community is passionate, resilient, interdependent and the success of this year’s Paint the Town Red event is testament. Our restaurants and food are second to none in the Province. And once again we thank the entrepreneurial spirit of our restauranteurs and their commitment to building local economy while at the same time giving back to community.” beamed Jim Russell, CEO of United Way Peterborough & District.

We’d like to offer our overwhelming gratitude to the participating restaurants, the people who came out and dined and those who gave via external donations and to the many volunteers who made this event possible, in particular to Campaign Cabinet members Terry Guiel (Downtown Business Improvement Area) Peterborough and Laura Crann (Ashburnham Realty) who worked feverishly in the month leading up to the event.

The dollars raised in this event will be going right back into this community to support our 16 partner agencies in their work building a strong and healthy Peterborough & District for everyone.

 

Thank you to the 2017 Participating Restaurants

Amandala’s Charlotte Anne’s Kawartha Dairy Reggie’s Hot Grill
Ashburnham Ale House Curry Village Kettle Drums Riley’s Pub
BE Catering Dodrio La Hacienda Sam’s Place
Black Honey EC Catering Marty Moo’s Silk Roots Fusion
Brickhouse Fresh Dreams Natas Café Silver Bean
Brio Gusto Gerti’s Pita Pit Soupcon
By the Bridge Hobarts The Planet St. Veronus
Caffeina Island Cream Rare Gill House Village of Thai

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For more information, please contact;
Jim Russell, CEO
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839
E: jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca

United Way Peterborough Launches Text 2 Give!

text to donate

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Just in time for Paint the Town Red, United Way Peterborough & District has launched mobile giving as part of its 2017 campaign. Local Foodies who can’t join us at Paint the Town Red can now donate $20 to United Way via text message.

Neil Morton, Campaign Chair, stated “I am excited that UW Peterborough is innovating like this, and using technology to make it easy for people to donate on demand. UW Peterborough is one of the first United Way organizations in Canada to implement mobile giving, and the smallest city to do so.”

 So how does work? Diners can make a $20 donation to United Way of Peterborough & District by texting UWPTBO to 20222.

No standard text messaging fees are incurred by mobile users to initiate and complete a text message donation. No portion of any amount donated is held by participating wireless providers. United Way Peterborough receives 100% or each donation made by text message. All mobile users can obtain a tax receipt for their donations made via text message by visiting the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada website.

Lisa Smith, Director of Philanthropic Impact, emphasized “the United Way Peterborough team will be making a strong push on social media and at local events to get the word out about our new text to donate program and we hope our community and media partners will spread the word as well.”

For more information, please contact;
Jim Russell, CEO
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839

 spoon and sign

5TH annual ‘Paint the Town Red’ launches at Sam’s Place

Group shop with sign

PETERBOROUGH, ON – Today at Sam’s Place, Jim Russell CEO of United Way of Peterborough & District was joined by Campaign Chair Neil Morton, Campaign Cabinet members Terry Guiel (Downtown Business Improvement Area) Peterborough and Laura Crann (Ashburnham Realty)  and Sam’s Place owner Sam Sayer to announce the launch of the 5th annual Paint the Town Red event.

 

On Wednesday July 19th, participating restaurants will be donating 25% of their daily sales to support the work of United Way to build a better future for everyone. There is a 50% increase in participating restaurants bringing this year’s total to 32.

 

Says Morton, “The energy around this event and excitement about helping each other is what I love about this community. I encourage you to sit down with friends and family on July 19th, share a meal together and help to build an even stronger and deeper community connection.  While you’re at it, share your experience on social media using the hashtag #PaintPtboRed.”

 

Cabinet members Guiel and Crann expressed that supporting this event is a great start to their first year volunteering for the United Way Campaign. Laura added, “It’s been a blast to take pictures with the ‘spoon’ while talking to folks about the work of United Way.” Special thanks to Terry who spent his own time carving and painting this Paint the Town Red symbol.

 

Last year’s event raised over $10,000.00 bringing the total to over $45,000 since 2013. Sam’s Place has been part of the event every year and this year there will be a very special Paint the Town Red featured sandwich available. Sam Sayer stated, “Our community is very important to us at Sam’s Place and we’re proud to be supporting the community through United Way Peterborough.”

 

Russell ended proceedings by emphasizing the unparalleled energy and passion demonstrated by this year’s campaign chair. “Neil is absolute lightening in a bottle – you can feel it today and this augurs well for our 2017 Campaign.”

 

2017 Participating Restaurants

Amandala’s Charlotte Anne’s Kawartha Dairy (scooped cones) Reggie’s Hot Grill
Ashburnham Ale House Curry Village Kettle Drums Riley’s Pub
BE Catering Dodrio La Hacienda Sam’s Place
Black Honey EC Catering Marty Moo’s Silk Roots Fusion
Brickhouse Fresh Dreams Natas Café Silver Bean
Brio Gusto Gerti’s Pita Pit Soupcon
By the Bridge Hobarts The Planet St. Veronus
Caffeina Island Cream Rare Gill House Village of Thai

Join our FaceBook Event page to receive up-to-date information and share with your friends!

Click here for an interactive map of all participating restaurants thanks to Kawartha NOW!

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For more information, please contact;

Jim Russell, CEO

United Way Peterborough & District

T: 705-742-8839

E: jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca

 

Sam Sayer of Sam's Place, holds her "Paint the Town Red" sandwich which will be available all day July 19th for the event!

Sam Sayer of Sam’s Place, holds her “Paint the Town Red” sandwich which will be available all day July 19th for the event!

group Group shop with sign sandwich board spoon group spoon and sign sandwich on spoon

 

Paint the Town Red – July 19th!

Examiner2 Clifford Skarstedt

Join us for the 5th annual Paint the Town Red event on July 19, 2017!

Participating restaurants, cafes and pubs will be donating 25% of their daily sales to support United Way Peterborough & District to build a better future for everyone.

Join our FB Event Page to stay up to date on what’s happening!

2017 Participating Restaurants 
Amandala’s
Ashburnham Ale House
BE Catering
Black Honey Dessert and Coffeehouse
BrickHouse CRAFT BURGER
Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar
By the Bridge Ptbo
Caffeina Espresso Bar
Charlotte Anne’s Restaurant
Curry Village Indian Restaurant
Dodrio Bubble Tea and Gaming Lounge
EC Catering
Fresh Dreams
Gerti’s
Hobart’s Steakhouse
Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine
Kawartha Dairy (Scooped cones only)
Kettle Drums – Restaurant and Bar
La Hacienda
Marty Moo’s
Natas Cafe
Pita Pit – George Street
The Planet
Rare Grill House
Reggie’s Hot Grill
Riley’s Pub Peterborough
Sam’s Place – ”The Best Dan Deli In Town”
Silk Roots Fusion Cuisine
Silver Bean Café
Soupcon Bistro
St Veronus
Village of Thai

For more information or to inquire about becoming an event partner, contact Erica:
erichmond@uwpeterborough.ca
705-742-8839 ext. 30
705-313-0651 (cell)

Trending: #PaintPtboRed

2017 UW Paint Town Red postcard 2017_FNL

Thank you Peterborough Yoga Fest 2017 !

Yoga Fest 2017

We would like to extend our sincere thanks and to the organizers of the Peterborough Yoga Festival and their volunteers. Their dedication to our community is inspiring and we are so grateful for our partnership! All the dollars raised from the event stay local and help increase community health and wellness.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the dollars raised from the third annual Peterborough Yoga Festival!

 

Click here for a video of Lisa Smith, UWP giving thanks to YogaFest & our community

 

 

Buy a Backpack, Thank a Teacher

Are you considering a teacher’s gift and stuck on how to say thank you for a great school year? Consider giving your child’s teacher the gift of giving back. Purchase a backpack full of school supplies for $15 in support of United Way Peterborough’s Back Pack for Kids program.

The teacher will be given a certificate in their name and in September, this backpack will be given to a student in need to ensure they are ready to learn with a backpack full of school supplies.

Sometimes the best way to show gratitude to someone is to pay it forward.

For more information or to purchase a Backpack, call United Way Peterborough at 705-742-8839 x32 and ask for Stephanie.

Click here to download a donation form