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Pratt & Whitney Canada Employees Donate Over $1 Million to Centraide for Third Consecutive Year

Dec 07, 2007 - 00:00 AM

From left to right: John Saabas, Executive Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), Ulana Chukha, Manager of the 2007 Centraide campaign and Marc Primeau, Co-Manager of the 2007 Centraide campaign, both of P&WC, and Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide.


LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2007) - For the third consecutive year, the 5,800 employees of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) raised more than $1 million for the Centraide of Greater Montreal campaign. P&WC is a United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) company.

"With more than a million dollars raised, we have once again demonstrated the great generosity of Pratt & Whitney Canada employees," said John Saabas, Executive Vice President of P&WC. "Together, we have the power to change the world and to help thousands of people in need."

Mr. Saabas presented a cheque for $1 035 920 to Michele Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide, during a ceremony held today at P&WC facilities in Longueuil. The funds collected during the campaign will be used to support Centraide's efforts in the Greater Montreal area.

Last year, P&WC employees raised $1,005,111. This year, the objective of $1,000,000 was exceeded by 3 per cent. Each employee gave $ 267 on average, with a participation rate of more than 65 per cent. Moreover, a record number of 230 "leader" donors ($1,000 or more) contributed to the campaign.

A number of fund-raising activities, including the traditional spaghetti lunch, variety show and special raffles were a big hit with employees and retirees. "Again this year, many employees contributed directly to organizations supported by Centraide by donating their time for specific activities," emphasized Ulana Chukha, manager of P&WC's 2007 Centraide campaign. "P&WC employees are proud of their community involvement."

Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft, and helicopters. The company also offers auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.



Pratt & Whitney Canada
Jean-Daniel Hamelin