The United Way of Chatham-Kent announced today that their annual campaign has wrapped up, raising $1,687,048.

The announcement was made this morning by the 2017 campaign chair, Elizabeth Downey-Sunnen, at the Campaign Touchdown Breakfast hosted by the Links of Kent.

The goal for the campaign was $1,725,000.

“It was an honour to be a part of the United Way campaign,” Downey-Sunnen said.

“I am very proud of what our community was able to accomplish, thanks to an amazing team effort. It was an incredible experience and it really opens your eyes to the hardships people in our community face each and every day.”

Downey-Sunnen added: “I also realize how lucky we are to have organizations like United Way making a difference in the lives of the people living right here in Chatham-Kent. They really do help to bring Hope, Strength, Joy and Belonging to our community.”

United Way officials say the majority of funds raised were donated by individuals in the community or employees who give through a workplace campaign.

The rest is raised through corporate gifts and 25 special events held across the community.

The United Way serves approximately 40,000 people in the Chatham-Kent area through its 30+ funded programs and services.

More details are vailable at www.ChangingLivesCK.ca.