Denver – Mile High United Way recently announced a record-breaking contribution from PCL Construction Enterprises Inc.
Despite tough economic times, roughly 160 employees in PCL's Denver district donated $1,194,336.70 to MHUW, with additional pledges still coming in. PCL Denver far surpassed its $400,000 goal by collecting the money in donations and company-matched dollars in less than two weeks.
“With so many new families finding themselves struggling during these tough times, the need for charitable giving is greater than it's ever been before,” said Christine Benero, president and CEO of Mile High United Way. “PCL Construction has stepped up in a tremendous fashion and demonstrated it wants to create a better future for these families. Their $1-million gift from less than 200 employees is inspirational, especially during these challenging times.”
To help build excitement around its campaign, PCL offered incentives and hosted events including one week's paid vacation, celebration dinners for $1,000-plus donors and tickets to Nuggets games.
A portion of PCL's gift will fulfill the company's pledge last year to raise $1 million over four years for Lights On After School, which is designed to reduce middle and high school drop-out rates and increase academic performance in the Denver Public Schools through quality after-school programs for Denver's at-risk youth.
“As our largest corporate sponsor of the Lights On After School initiative, PCL is a key player in our fight to keep Colorado's kids in school and offer them a brighter future,” Benero said.