Sukanya Pillay hoists flagDozens of supporters look on as Sukanya Pillay raises the United Way flag Monday outside Chrysler Hall to kick off a weeklong fundraising campaign.

Flag-raising kicks off United Way campaign

The University of Windsor’s membership in the ProsperUs collective of organizations from across the community sharing accountability to support kids from cradle to career is just one example of how it works side-by-side with the United Way, Leslie Frattaroli, the charity’s vice-president for engagement and donor stewardship told dozens of supporters who gathered Monday to cheer as its flag was raised outside Chrysler Hall Tower.

“I’m here to thank you for your support and to ask that you look in your hearts as to how you can help children and youth in our community,” she said.

The event launched the 2023 Campus Campaign for United Way, a week of activities to encourage contributions to the charity.

Sukanya Pillay, executive director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and daughter of long-time campaign chair Datta Pillay — who died in January — hoisted the United Way banner up the flagpole at the building’s southwest corner.

Admissions and records clerk Jennifer Molnar of the registrar’s office won an extra day of vacation in a draw for faculty and staff in attendance.

The week will continue with volunteers staffing a table in the student centre commons from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through March 30 to accept donations and sell raffle tickets toward prizes of Apple AirPod headphones, personal training sessions at the Toldo Lancer Centre, and a package of UWindsor swag. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, with payment accepted by cash or card.

Buying a campaign T-shirt or ball cap for $20 will earn students or employees a ballot in a draw for an eight-month campus parking pass.

Learn more on the Campus Campaign for United Way website.