Supporters of the University of Windsor United Way campaign heard at the 2017 wrap reception Monday that donations so far have reached $98,839, bringing its target of $110,000 well within reach.
“Some big donors have not yet responded,” campaign chair Datta Pillay said during a celebratory event in Katzman Lounge. “We expect we will easily beat last year’s total.”
Dr. Pillay made a point of thanking UWindsor president Alan Wildeman for his support, calling it critical to fundraising for the charity.
One note of concern was sounded by his co-chair Sheri Lowrie, who said that while monetary contributions are up, the number of faculty and staff giving to the campaign has declined to 384.
“I hope to get more people involved and bring that number up next year,” she said.
Andrew Bothamley, the charity’s vice-president of finance and operations, said that its programs would not be possible without the support of volunteers and donors.
“The University of Windsor is a key part of this community and demonstrates it every year,” he said.
Organizers held a prize draw for all who gave and pledged to United Way. Laura McLean, administrative assistant to the dean of science, was the big winner, receiving an Apple iPad tablet computer. Other winners included:
- Pauline Strong and Laurie Soulliere — an extra vacation day;
- Tanya Brogan and Susan McKee — tickets to the University Players;
- Christine Cote, Hoda Skaff, Roy Amore, and Lorraine Grondin — tickets to a School of Creative Arts concert;
- Marnie Kuhn — a membership to the Forge Fitness Centre;
- Tom Puskas — a campus parking pass.
Lowrie will deliver their prizes next week.