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Giving more in the Season of Giving

Our corporate wide adherence to family values includes an unending commitment to giving back that peaks during the holiday season.  “We always try to best the previous year’s results and this year was no different as our employees at every level and every location stepped up like never before,” said Company President, Michael Glionna.

Most significant this year is the huge jump in funds raised for Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH), a Canadian charity that organizes and runs fantasy hockey tournaments across the country, and raises money to help fund the work of over 40 homeless support agencies.  The funds raised by Universal benefit 360Kids (www.360kids.ca), a local organization that supports homeless and underprivileged youth with a wide range of programs to help rebuild their lives.

  Michael & Mark Glionna and Universal's Employee Fundraising Thermometer
 

Michael & Mark Glionna and Universal’s Employee Fundraising Thermometer.

In October/November, six employee teams at Universal rallied together to raise an incredible $25,810, surpassing last year’s total by over $7,000!  Together with the company’s funds matching program and participation as game day sponsor for HHTH’s York Region tournament, a total contribution exceeding $50,000 was made by the Universal group.

  HHTH Launch Event at Universal's Head Office
 

HHTH Launch Event at Universal’s Head Office
David, Mark, Michael & Paul Glionna with NHL Alumnus, Shayne Corson

At the event dinner reception, the Universal Logistics team was officially inducted into the HHTH Hall of Fame, only its 3rd inductee. “We are honoured and proud to receive such recognition”, said David Glionna, Vice President – Finance, “but full credit goes to our committed employees who went all out in supporting our effort to give back to the community.”

  Universal's HHTH Induction Ceremony
 

Universal’s HHTH Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
(L-R) Ted Jarvis, HHTH Chairman, Ryan Baillie,
HHTH Executive Director, Michael, Mark and David Glionna, Universal.

Even more giving is taking place in December as our employees are enthusiastic supporters of the other three charities we support annually: Coats for Kids, the Vaughan Food Bank and the Toy Mountain gift drive.  “It is a great feeling knowing that the bags and bags of clothing, food and gifts contributed by our employees will bring joy this holiday season to those who are less fortunate,” said Mark Glionna, Vice President – Client Relations & Business Development.

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