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Tina Gatt, Ryan Flannagan, Michael ClarkTina Gatt, Ryan Flannagan, and Michael Clark were on hand Friday in the Welcome Centre for a gathering to wrap up the UWindsor Adopt-A-Family campaign. Members of the Faculty of Law who participated in the fundraiser benefiting the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society won the spirit prize of T-shirts, buttons, and a free lunch.

Law lays claim to prize pack celebrating spirit of giving

A UWindsor spirit prize of a free lunch, T-shirts, and buttons is going to Faculty of Law members who participated in the recent Adopt-a-Family campaign.

The Office of Student Experience sponsored the prize to encourage participation in the holiday fundraiser for families served by the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society. The campus community made the holidays brighter for many children in need by donating gifts and groceries for 39 families.

“It’s to celebrate the university and the fact we’re giving back,” Ryan Flannagan, associate vice-president, student experience, told a gathering of department campaign organizers Friday.

Tina Gatt, the society’s manager of community outreach, said the holiday program helps 662 local families, including 1,300 children. UWindsor was one of 330 sponsors across Essex County.

“These are families that really, really need the help,” she said.

One in eight children in Windsor and Essex County are served by the local CAS, said Michael Clark, manager of public relations and fund development for the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation, and the University is one of the largest supporters of the holiday program.

Sabina Howell, who co-ordinated the UWindsor campaign, said she is proud of the participation.

“People are enthusiastic every year,” she said. “We are making a tangible difference in the community.”

—Sarah Sacheli