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Pancake breakfast raises $1,000 for United Way 0

By Jordan Maxwell, Portage Daily Graphic

Amanda Outingdyke, executive director of the Portage Plains United Way, stands outside her office as the organization raised more than $1,000 at the Potato Festival during their annual Pancake breakfast.  (Jordan Maxwell/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)

Amanda Outingdyke, executive director of the Portage Plains United Way, stands outside her office as the organization raised more than $1,000 at the Potato Festival during their annual Pancake breakfast. (Jordan Maxwell/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)

The Portage Plains United Way (PPUW) is getting ready to launch their campaign in the next couple of days as the organization looks to top last year's $225,000 total.

But before its campaign gets fully underway, the PPUW were on hand at the Potato Festival to host the annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, in which they raised more than $1,000 for the organization and its partners.

Amanda Outingdyke, executive director at the United Way, said that she was surprised to see so many people come out to support the breakfast and lauded organizers at the Potato Fest for a job well done.

"We raised more than $1,000 at the breakfast, which was really good," she said. "We saw more people come through for the events this year as opposed to previous years. It was well-organized and I hadn't been there in a few years so it was great."

Outingdyke added that the PPUW will find out how much their fundraising goal is on Wednesday as they will be told in a board meeting.

However, this doesn't mean that the PPUW is just sitting on its heels and not making plans for the coming months.

In fact, a glow golf tournament is planned on Sept. 7. The tournament will be held at the Portage Golf Club at 8 p.m.

Outingdyke said that registration for the event has been going smoothly as they've recently allowed people to register for the event online whereas in the past, it was mostly done on paper.

What's more, the PPUW is also getting ready for their Campaign Launch Lunch on Sept. 13.

The CTV's Eleanor Coopsammy is expected to be in town as a guest speaker and Outingdyke said the morning anchor was originally from the Portage area, giving it the local impact that's desired.

jordan.maxwell@sunmedia.ca

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