LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Pratt & Whitney Canada employees and retirees in Quebec have once again generously supported Centraide of Greater Montreal, donating more than $1 million to the organization's annual campaign for a sixth consecutive year and surpassing 2009 contributions. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"I am so proud of our employees' and retirees' efforts to help less fortunate members of our society," said John Saabas, President of P&WC, as he presented a cheque for $1,114,596 to Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide, during a ceremony held at P&WC's Longueuil facility. "Year after year, they show incredible generosity towards this remarkable organization which plays such a vital role in supporting worthy causes throughout the Greater Montreal region."
P&WC's Centraide campaign, held at its Quebec facilities this fall, featured a number of creative activities to raise money, including a spaghetti lunch, a variety show, a hockey ticket draw and a golf tournament with over 250 participants. The bulk of contributions came through payroll deduction, with 63 per cent of employees participating and giving a record average of $336 per employee.
P&WC's Leaders Circle campaign, for employees who make an annual donation of over $1,000, was also highly successful, raising $363,464 from a total of 261 Leaders. "We're pleased that 50 new Leaders joined us this year, helping us continue our tradition of giving back to our local communities," said Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
"We are delighted by this year's result and want to thank all our volunteers for working so hard to make it such a success," said Patrick Boone, director of this year's campaign.
Aside from making generous donations, P&WC employees also volunteered throughout the year at several organizations supported by Centraide. For example, in November, operations employees volunteered at the Moisson Rive-Sud food bank, which helps over 20,000 people each month, including almost 9,000 children.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928 and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. Pratt & Whitney Canada's engines, with more than 500 million hours in the air, are a benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. Pratt & Whitney Canada is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated to minimize environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
There are currently more than 50,000 engines in service on over 25,000 aircraft operated by some 10,000 operators in 198 countries. The most extensive support network in the industry, which includes more than 30 company-owned and designated service facilities, supports this global fleet.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.