Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada

December 01, 2008 14:30 ET

Pratt & Whitney Canada Employees Join Forces Again to Donate Over $1 Million to Centraide

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2008) -

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Present today in Longueuil, Quebec at the presentation of a cheque to Centraide are (left to right) John Saabas, Executive Vice-President of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC); Joanne Lamarre, co-Director of P&WC’s 2008 Centraide campaign; Michèle Thibodeau-Deguire, President and Executive Director of Centraide; Marc Primeau, Director of P&WC’s 2008 Centraide Campaign, and Denis Parisien, Vice-President, Quality of P&WC.

For the fourth consecutive year, the 5,800 Quebec 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, Pratt & Whitney Canada employees have once again demonstrated their great generosity," said John Saabas, Executive Vice-President of P&WC. "Together, we set our sights on helping thousands of people in need. Everyone involved has proven their commitment."

Mr. Saabas presented a cheque for $1,138,732 to Michele Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide, during a ceremony held 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 $1,035,920. This year, the objective of $1,080,000 was exceeded by 4 per cent. Each employee gave $281 on average, with a participation rate of over 65 per cent. Moreover, a record number of 260 "leader" donors ($1,000 or more) contributed to the campaign.

A number of fundraising 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 with concrete actions and by giving their time," noted Marc Primeau, Director of P&WC's 2008 Centraide campaign. "P&WC employees have once again demonstrated their desire to support the community."

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, Connecticut, USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

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