Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada

December 08, 2009 10:21 ET

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

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2009) -

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Pratt & Whitney Canada employees in Quebec have raised more than $1 million for the Centraide of Greater Montreal campaign for a fifth consecutive year. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

"The people of Pratt & Whitney Canada have once again demonstrated their generosity and their commitment to the communities in which they live," said John Saabas, President of P&WC. "With the results of this year's Centraide campaign, they have continued a proud tradition of support to this outstanding organization."

Mr. Saabas presented a cheque for $1,071,907 to Michele Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide, during a ceremony held yesterday 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.

The amount raised this year came mainly from employee contributions made through payroll deductions. Each employee gave a record $311 on average, with a participation rate of more than 64 per cent.

P&WC's Centraide campaign included a number of fundraising activities, including a traditional spaghetti lunch and variety show to name a few. "The campaign was once again a big hit with employees and retirees, who are eager to give back to the community both through financial support and by volunteering their time," said Joanne Lamarre, Director of P&WC's 2009 Centraide campaign. "I'd like to personally thank all of them for making our campaign such a success this year."

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 manufactures 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.

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