Coreio’s annual United Way campaign concluded last Friday, and it was a huge success. Our daily events and pledge drives provided an opportunity for all of Coreio to come together in support of a great cause, and have a lot of fun too.

Our United Way Committee - Paula Mackey, Sandy Medeiros, Hillary Lower, Elbrat Yagho and Andrew Daitchman

Our United Way Committee – Paula Mackey, Sandy Medeiros, Hillary Lower, Elbrat Yagho and Andrew Daitchman

We started Monday getting a sweet tooth fix, with Diana and her team’s wonderful bake sale. This is a staple of our campaign going back to our first year, 20 years ago. Our VP of Sales and Marketing, awarded Kimberly for best tasting and Hillary for best presentation. They both received a $100 LCBO gift card donated by Swerve Design and Securitas.

At our official United Way Kickoff party, also Monday,  our CEO, David Naiman, announced that Coreio would match dollar for dollar every donation our employees pledged.   Then our 90s trivia competition awarded winners with tickets to use at any of our daily raffles.   We ended our day with the first raffle of the week where we awarded Mehare a $100 Best Buy gift card and Screen Beam furnished by Dee Print and Tech Data Canada.

Tuesday was another great day with the exciting Name that Tune game, in which two players faced off in 90s musical knowledge.  The victor Lisa won a $25 Amazon gift card donated through K&R Ltd funds.  At the end of day, we awarded two prizes: the Early Bird Grand Pledger prize of a $300 Yorkdale gift card, furnished by Alliance Air Systems won by Patrick, and our second raffle, won by Ana Jamal, who took home $100 Keg gift card sponsored by Securitas and Queue IT Professionals and Movie Passes furnished by Devry Smith Frank LLP.

United Way Campaign Golden Mile Game

Our Golden Mile Game

On Wednesday, we played our 12th annual Golden Mile Game. This crowd pleaser awards our employees with many, many prizes along the way as they compete to reach their goal of our Grand Prize, a $400 Best Buy gift card sponsored by Etherington Generations Inc., and Direct Office Solutions won by Monique.  This year we had 15 prizes awarded to: Paula, Richard, Paula, Steve, Wilfredo, Iesha, Monique, Cassandra, Hillary, Ana, Sandy, Maria, Kevin and Kimberly.

Thursday was all about the food, with our fifth annual Samosa Day. These tasty treats went by quickly; in 30 minutes, we sold 300 of these little goodies.   Near the end of the day, we had our third raffle of the campaign; Robert was awarded not just a FitBit donated by Green Shield Canada Inc., but a $75 Subway gift card sponsored through People to Go.

The week ended with our United Way Wrap Up Ceremony: Our ever-popular 50/50 Draw, in which our employees get to take home half of money raised. That winner, Monique, took home $1279. Jaqueline, Sandy, Janalyn and Cynthia won bonus gifts during our 50/50 Draw including $15 Tim Cards and $50 Master Card gift cards furnished by Skylart Renovations, Office Central and Queue IT Professionals.

United Way Campaign Grand Prize Winner

Angelo Tersigni is our Grand Prize Pledger Winner: $600 Best Buy gift card

Next we awarded the winners of our first Coreio auction: Ana, Ivet, Wilfredo and Jennifer took home beautiful artwork from Coreio’s past. Andrew, Glenn and Katerina won lunches with our Coreio leadership, and The accounting and admin department gets our VP of Finance, Scott Glen to be their butler for the day.

Our Interdepartmental pledging content winners were Sales, Admin and Accounting department, they received a $100 Pizza Nova gift card furnished by Packaging World’s funds.

  • The 3rd Place Pledger was Adrian taking home a Laser Printer donated by Lexmark Canada.
  • The Runner up Pledger Winner, Katerina went home with Motionball Special Olympic Gala Tickets from Etherington Generations Inc.
  • The Onsite Grand Pledger Prize victor, Paul won $100 LCBO gift card furnished by Randstad Technologies.
  • The final victor of a $600 Best Buy gift card donated through Zentil Property Management, Service Master Janitorial and Service Master Carpet Cleaning as the Grand Prize Pledger was Angelo

Since our first campaign effort we raised roughly $397,000 for United Way.  This year we have raised over $21,000

We want to thank everyone who pledged and everyone who competed last week and in the CN Tower Climb. We offer our congratulations to the winners.  This has been a great year and great United Way campaign.  If you would like to learn how you can donate to United Way, please go

Twenty eight companies donated prizes and cash to help make our United Way campaign effort; we received more donations this year than in the past five years.  We want to acknowledge their contributions.

Alliance Air Systems · Dee Print · Devry Smith Frank LLP · Digitcom Canada Inc. · Direct Office Solutions · Etherington Generations Inc. · Green Shield Canada Inc. · HomeFresh · Inter-Citi Group of Companies · J.C. Options · K & R Ltd. · KVN Consulting · Lexmark Canada Inc. · Mammone Disposal System Ltd. · Mister Coffee · Office Central · Packaging World · People To Go · Queue IT Professionals · Randstad Technologies · Securitas Canada Ltd. · Service Master – Janitorial · Service Master – Carpet Cleaning · Stylart Renovations · Swerve Design · Tech Data Canada Corporation · Toronto Safety · Zentil Property Management