The 2022 United Way Plane Pull event was a resounding success as the June 3 event which took place at Jack Garland airport raised more money than the first three years of the event combined.
Organizers estimate that close to $12,000 has been raised in the first three years of the event which started back in 2017.
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However, this year the United Way Plane Pull fundraising really took off.
"We still have some donations trickling in but we are confident to say that the event raised close to $15,000, which far exceeded the previous Plane Pulls," said Laura Beaudoin, a spokesperson with the United Way northeastern Ontario.
A total of 14 teams of 10 gathered for the runway festivities. The event is pulled together through a partnership between the United Way northeastern Ontario, 22 Wing/CFB North Bay, Jack Garland Airport and Voyageur Aviation which supplied the plane.
This is the fourth year for the event, but the first time it has taken place since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds raised by the event will go into the United Way's Nipissing Community Fund which will go to local groups like the Gathering Place, the PADDLE Program, Frontier College, and the Packsack Smiles program.