Friday, 09 June 2017 05:13

Two businesses presenting sponsors for United Way gala

Written by 
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Sponsor representatives pose for the May 29 announcement of the presenting sponsors for the Swift Current United Way's 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala. From left to right, Standard Motors partners and managers Ryan and Mark Plewis, and Pattison Agriculture President Arthur Ward. In the front is the United Way's Stacey Schwartz. Sponsor representatives pose for the May 29 announcement of the presenting sponsors for the Swift Current United Way's 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala. From left to right, Standard Motors partners and managers Ryan and Mark Plewis, and Pattison Agriculture President Arthur Ward. In the front is the United Way's Stacey Schwartz. Matthew Liebenberg

The presenting sponsors for the Swift Current United Way’s 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala will be Pattison Agriculture and Standard Motors.


Each business will contribute $9,000 towards the presenting sponsorship total of $18,000. Pattison Agriculture was the only presenting sponsor for the previous two galas.
“When we were formerly JayDee AgTech, we started down this journey and we’ll continue to do so,” Pattison Agriculture President Arthur Ward said. “It’s exciting to have an opportunity to partner with Standard Motors in it this year, another great community-oriented organization. They expressed interest in sharing that with us and so we’re excited to partner with them.”
This is Pattison Agriculture’s largest single sponsorship commitment in the community and the  company appreciates the difference their financial contribution can make in the area.
“It’s something that we believe in, giving back to the community that we’re involved in and that we do business in,” he said.
He noted it is an effective approach to do fundraising for various non-profit organizations in the community through the Swift Current United Way.
“If they try to go out on their own every time, it’s another knock on the door and then some of the resources get dwindled, but this way it gives an opportunity for one, united voice and then that support can go out to all those organizations that need it,” he said.
Standard Motors was also a sponsor for the previous galas, but the company is expanding its commitment this year to become a presenting sponsor.
“We’ve been a part of the gala since it launched in one way or another as a sponsor and this is just a good fit for us as a business member of the community,” Standard Motors partner and manager Ryan Plewis said. “We have a pretty strong commitment to making sure that the community is strong and giving back to our community and a charity like the United Way that’s an umbrella for so many different organizations is just a good fit for us.”
According to Swift Current United Way Executive Director Stacey Schwartz, it is important for the success of the gala to secure the presenting sponsorship.
“That’s a crucial part when we are planning this event to having a presenting sponsor,” she said. “Two businesses willing to contribute that generous amount towards this event really just is a big foundational piece in getting it going.”
This is the first time there will be two presenting sponsors, which she considers to be an important and appropriate development.
“We’re big on collaboration and community unity, working together, and I think it’s really neat to see that playing a part in our sponsorship as well there, when you can have two corporate businesses come together and collaborate to see the success of an event,” she said. “I think it really ties into into what the United Way stands for and to have businesses that share the same value and the same goal for our community is huge.”
Swift Current United Way did not initiate the discussion with the two companies on their collaboration to become joint presenting sponsors.
“They’re the ones that started having a conversation and that approached us with what this could look like if they collaborate,” she said. “They’re very community minded, they’re very involved and generous with their business success, making sure that that goes back into the community.”
The 3rd annual Foundation of Hope gala will take place at the Living Sky Casino event centre, Nov. 4. The goal will again be to raise $100,000 for community programs.
“It would be awesome if we could raise more, but definitely the base of $100,000,” she said. “Right now, we have $51,000 committed in our major sponsorship. So we’re hoping that we can continue to build on that. That’s what our committee is working on right now. So we’re feeling optimistic about our progress.”
The gala is the Swift Current United Way’s main fundraising event of the year. Last year’s event achieved the $100,000 fundraising goal and $75,000 was allocated to 10 non-profit agencies.
“We kept back the remaining amount for when there are emergent needs throughout the year,” she said. “So depending on what we raise and what’s requested, that  will determine what we give out.”
The gala’s format will be similar to the previous events. The goal is to present an elegant and glamorous evening for participants while bringing awareness to social issues. A documentary about mental health and depression was screened at last year’s gala and another short documentary will be produced for this year’s gala that will focus on domestic violence.
“We're going to have the white ribbon for men that stand against violence against women and then purple ribbons for the women when they come in because that’s the official colour for raising awareness for domestic violence,” she said. “We just want to make sure that the heart of what we’re doing really comes through everything.”
The gala will also give recognition to the different non-profit organizations receiving funding support from the United Way. It will create a direct link between people’s support for the gala and the use of the funds that are raised at the event.
“It’s kind of part of our grant process where if they’re on that stage that’s the final round there,” she said. “They’ve been approved. So that’s who we’re recognizing and raising money for.”

Read 782 times
Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

More Swift Current News...