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11th Annual Support the Cause Walk Raises Record Funds

High River, AB: Each year, Western Financial Group employees from branches across Western Canada participate in the annual Support the Cause Walk which raises funds for Western Financial Group’s charitable arm, the Western Communities Foundation. This year, more than 1,400 employees donned their red t-shirts and walked in the 11th annual walk, raising nearly $260,000.

All of the funds raised in the Support the Cause walk go towards the Western Communities Foundation’s three core programs which are infrastructure grants, matching grants and student bursaries.

“It is great that we are continuing to give back to the communities where we live and work in such a big way,” said James Bond, Executive Director of the Western Communities Foundation. “As an organization and a foundation, we are so proud to be able to raise funds that directly give back to so many deserving communities.”

The Support the Cause walk has been an annual event since 2004. During its 11 years, the event has raised over 1 million dollars for the Western Communities Foundation.

“The Western Communities Foundation is such an integral part of Western Financial Group’s culture,” said Western Financial Group Vice Chairman and Founder, Scott Tannas. “It is amazing that over 11 years, our employees have come together to grow Support the Cause into what it is today.”

The funds raised through the walk are distributed by the Western Communities Foundation throughout the year.

Founded in 2002, the Western Communities Foundation serves to give back to the communities where Western employees live and work, and foster employee pride and engagement. The Foundation’s core donation programs include community infrastructure grants, Exceptional Achievement Citation & Bursary Awards for graduating high school students and a Matching Grants program. Since its inception, the Western Communities Foundation has raised more than $1 million to support local communities.

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