Aftermarket distribution organization UAP Inc. and its Montreal-area employees dug deep over the past year to raise more than $100,000 for three local charities. During the 2002 fundraising campaign, UAP Inc. employees staged numerous activities to raise $57,792.56. In recognition of its employees’ generosity, UAP Inc. matched the fundraising efforts, raising the total funds raised to more than $115,000. The amount represents a 16% increase over last year’s donation. Larry Samuelson, UAP President and CEO, and Michel Bourgeois, national manager of major accounts and honorary president of the 2002 employee fundraising campaign, donated cheques to three non-profit organizations. On behalf of Opration Enfant Soleil, Marie-Claire Brunelle, the organization’s promotions and development officer, accepted a cheque for $33,972.86. Founded in 1988, Opration Enfant Soleil raises funds to enhance the calibre of care afforded to sick children in Quebec by, among many things, providing generous financial support to Hpital Sainte-Justine and the Montral Children’s Hospital. Since 1996, UAP Inc. employees have also donated $47,000 to Opration Enfant Soleil’s annual telethon held in June. Pierre Claude Par, the development director for the Fondation qubcoise du cancer, accepted a cheque for $32,333.22. Founded in 1979, the foundation offers numerous support programs and helped, in 2001, more than 10,000 Quebecers afflicted with cancer. On behalf of Centraide du Grand Montral, delegated representative Ghislain Nadeau accepted a donation of $49,279.04. Centraide is a non-profit organization that distributes donations to a network of 300 organizations and projects dedicated to helping families in need. Since 1988, UAP Inc. and its Montral region employees have donated more than $860,000 to Centraide. UAP Inc. gave special thanks to its corporate fundraising partners, including Auto-Chem, Dana Brakes and Chassis, Ford-Smith, Norton, and Valvoline for generously financing a draw for a $2,500 travel gift certificate.