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Campus campaign for United Way exceeds goal

Dec. 1, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A Nov. 28 coffee on campus signaled the successful conclusion to
Western Michigan University's 2004 United Way campaign, which raised more than $218,000 for
Kalamazoo County and neighboring communities.

The campus campaign surpassed its $210,000 goal by more than $8,000, and gifts and pledges are still coming in, according to Linda Jones in the Office of the President, who served as WMU campaign chair.

"Gifts that are received through the end of this calendar year will count toward the university's 2004 campaign total," she said.

During the Nov. 28 event, WMU President Judith I. Bailey praised the campus community for its support of much-needed human services in the community.

"It is heartwarming to see the high level of support and caring that exists at Western," Bailey said. "I am pleased to see so many faculty and staff, emeriti faculty and retirees, and students participating in our campaign."

The efforts of AFSCME Local 1668 members who gave to the campaign and participated in United Way Day of Caring projects won particular praise from Bailey and Donald Weaver, chair for the AFSCME United Way leadership team.

Two student organizations that held United Way fund-raisers also were lauded. The Student Employee Board raised funds in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kalamazoo, and business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi held a United Way fund-raiser at an exhibition basketball game.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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